This Week is Fire Prevention Week™ and McCord’s Fire Department Reminds Residents: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™
McCord’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”
The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 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 McCord’s Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Rich Lindsey. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”To find out more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” or about fire prevention and safety in general, contact Chief Lindsey by phone at (256) 484-1229 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local fire department.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org. The department also wishes to remind Cherokee County residents that all local fire departments, in conjunction with Cherokee County EMA, are still participating in the “Get Alarmed Alabama” program which provides free smoke alarms to any resident in need. For more information, or to request an installation, please contact the EMA office at (256) 927-3911.