Pensacola Fire Department Participates in Fire Prevention Week
The Pensacola Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”
Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 6-12. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years. The campaign works to educate everyone about the small, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Pensacola Fire Marshal Annie Bloxson. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
The Pensacola Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, including Public Safety Day, Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Maritime Park. The public is invited to take part in interactive activities, watch live demonstrations and learn about best safety practices. Admission and parking is free.
NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “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. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
While NFPA and the Pensacola Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location. Residents can learn lifesaving tips on NFPA’s website.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, please contact the Pensacola Fire Department at 436-5200. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit fpw.org.