INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is doing more than just participate in national Fire Prevention Week - firefighters and officials are teaming up all month long with school teachers and students to talk about fire safety.
The theme this year focuses on having two ways out. According to a press release from the fire district, it's important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. But what if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? This year's theme, "Have 2 Ways Out!" focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
A home fire escape plan goes hand in hand with working smoke detectors in the home, and is one of the basic tools for families to have, said NLTFPD Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Regan.
NLTFPD Chief Mike Brown agrees, sharing that while National Fire Prevention Association statistics show almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan, fewer than half actually practice it.
"Practicing the plan will increase your family's safety when it comes to household fires," Brown said. "Fires can strike anywhere, but household fires are often the most tragic and, the most preventable."
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 75 percent of all fire fatalities occur in home fires.
Over the next few weeks, the Incline fire district will teach area students the importance of creating a Home Fire Escape Plan - and practicing it with their families.
"Students can experience first hand in our smoke safety trailer how to properly exit a home, then call 9-1-1 from their safe meeting place, and once out, not to go back inside," said NLTFPD Public Education/Information Officer Tia Rancourt, who added that literature will be sent home with students for the entire family.
To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, which is the second week in October, visit www.nfpa.org.