Fire Prevention Week 2017

Date of Press Release: 
Fri, 10/06/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

Fire Prevention Week is upon us! From October 8-14, the Norman Fire Department in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will work to educate the public that in a fire, seconds count. In fact, seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

In a typical home fire, a resident may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. For this reason, home escape planning is critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

“Preparation saves lives,” said Travis King, Chief of the Norman Fire Department. “By developing and practicing your home escape plan, everyone knows how to snap into action and escape as quickly possible in the event of a fire.”

In support of Fire Prevention Week, the Norman Fire Department encourages all Norman 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, such as a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.

The Norman Fire Department offers 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 the path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one during the day and one at night with everyone in your home.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t assist them.
  • Make sure the number on the outside of your home is clearly marked and easy for first responders to locate.
  • 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.

Members of the Norman Fire Department will be at Sooner Mall, 3301 W. Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the week to provide information on creating your escape plan and overall fire safety with hands-on activities for children and fun for the whole family.

Tours of Norman Fire Stations are also available to the public throughout the week providing the community the opportunity to meet the firefighters and to see the fire engines and other rescue equipment up close.

This week is also a great time check your smoke alarms. To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date, not the date of purchase. The Norman Fire Department also encourages residents to test alarms monthly and replace alarm batteries once a year. 

Please join us this Fire Prevention Week to ensure your family has the knowledge and training to remember “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”