Spike in fire deaths brings urgency to Fire Prevention Week messaging

From Oct. 8 through 14, firefighters and department staff are working to educate residents on why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.

Fire prevention week is in full swing, and this year's theme is every second counts, know 2 ways out.

Among the practical tips included is the recommended installation of Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (AFCIs), which are devices that can prevent more than 50% of the home electrical fires that occur in the USA each year.

Ocean City Fire Department is participating in National Fire Prevention Week.

Leighton and fire department members say smoke detectors are life-saving. Conduct one drill at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practise using different ways out.

Young children got a firsthand look at fire trucks seeing how they operate in real life.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.

Robbins said he see's an increase in fires during colder temperatures because people are spending more time inside. Although not all home fires can be prevented, there are plenty of preventative measures that you can take to keep your home and family safe, should you find yourselves in a heated situation.

Per the fire code, smoke detectors should be placed on every level of a home, in hallways leading to bedrooms, and in every bedroom. "If you don't meet up together, you could think there is still someone in the fire and go back in, which could be catastrophic".

One of their biggest topics is smoke alarms.

Make sure your children know the emergency phone number for your fire department, as well as how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.

This will be done at no cost to residents, including if a smoke detector is installed or replaced in the home. A representative from the Fire Marshal's Office will visit your home and review fire safety in your home.

  • Kyle Peterson