by | Sep 28, 2017 | Fire Safety & Prevention, News

National Fire Prevention Week, Rochester NY

Monroe Extinguisher is proud to support and help our neighbors during National Fire Prevention Week. Running from October 8-14, 2017, Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to educate yourself and your family about the need for planning and preparedness in case of a fire. Monroe Extinguisher is partnering with the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) to assist in events around the Rochester NY area in many different ways. Here are some excellent resources to help you get started. Don’t forget to check your fire extinguishers to ensure they have a proper charge. During Fire Prevention Week, Monroe Extinguisher is offering free extinguisher inspections at our location at 105 Dodge Street, Rochester NY 14606. Stay tuned for a special promotional offer on residential fire extinguishers too!

You’re fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds. Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

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. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. The Rochester Fire Department is working in coordination with the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages. Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.

“Home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety, and can truly make the difference between life and death in a fire situation,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.

In support of Fire Prevention Week, Monroe Extinguisher Company encourages all Rochester households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also
includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.

NFPA and the Rochester Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Free resources for Fire Prevention Week at the NFPA Website HERE.