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Fire Prevention Month with SFD

Jamie McIntyre, Community Risk Reduction Manager, 509.625.7058

Monday, October 3, 2022 at 12:03 p.m.

The City of Spokane Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW), October 9-15, 2022.

This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires. 

“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

The City of Spokane Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“Every home fire escape plan will be a little different because every home is set up unique to its occupant's daily life,” said Jamie McIntyre, Community Risk Reduction Manager, City of Spokane Fire Department. “Have a fire escape plan for everyone in your home. Older adults, children, and people living with access and functional needs may require extra help to wake up and get out in a fire.”

Following are some simple home fire escape planning tips:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including people living with sensory or physical limitations.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Identify at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

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Throughout October, Spokane Fire Department will promote fire safety through our grade school fire safety program, preschool visits, public presentations, free smoke alarm installs, and a large smoke alarm install blitz on Saturday, October 29th, 2022.