Oct. 6, 2022
Pensacola Fire Department Participating in Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15
As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Pensacola Fire Department reminds residents that "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape."
The Pensacola Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention WeekTM Oct. 9-15. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.TM
" works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
Click here to watch a video from the Pensacola Fire Department detailing how to create and practice your fire escape plan.
“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 Pensacola Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme.
“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape," Pensacola Fire Marshal Annie Bloxson said. "Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different. Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them.”
Pensacola Fire Department wants to share these key home fire escape planning tips:
- Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
- Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every levelof your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Know 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.
The Pensacola Fire Department is hosting a series of events and activities in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape," including "The Great Escape,"
a community-wide home fire escape drill and safety demonstration via video. PFD will also offer "Burning Questions," an opportunity for the public to submit fire safety questions via Facebook
or email (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Activities will also include safety demonstrations at local schools and city community centers. Pensacola Fire Department will conclude Fire Prevention Week activities by distributing safety materials and hosting a truck demonstration at the 2022 Soul Bowl.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and free smoke alarm installations, please contact the Pensacola Fire Department at 850-436-5200 or Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-4376. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit fpw.org.