‘Look. Listen. Learn.’ theme for Fire 2018 Prevention Week


ROCHELLE – Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign centers around preparing for potential home fires, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. 

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1,000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

Carli also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

Here are three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

Look for places fire could start.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.

Learn two ways out of every room. 

Open houses

In cooperation with Fire Prevention Week the Hillcrest Fire Department and the Steward Fire Department will be holding open houses at their stations on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Hillcrest Fire Department open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the station, located on Powers Road. Activities include food and refreshments, station and truck tours, a kids’ obstacle course and fire extinguisher demonstrations.

The Steward Fire Department open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. There will be games, refreshments, door prizes, popcorn and tours during the open house. The event is free.


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