Nanuet Fire Department wraps up Fire Prevention Week With open house

October 17, 2012 by  

‘Have two ways out’ was the theme of this year’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week. Teaching families how to create and commit to memory a home escape plan was the centerpiece of the Nanuet Fire Department’s October 14 open house. The critical role of functioning smoke alarms to preserving lives in the event of a house fire was also central to the day’s activities.

Recommendations for making a home escape plan include making a map of the home with a door and window exit from each room marked, designating a rendezvous point outside the house, conducting smoke alarm and escape drills regularly, and keeping the plan posted on the refrigerator, where everyone can see it.

Demonstrations of firefighting and lifesaving skills, including a motor vehicle extraction and the department’s fire trucks and equipment were other featured events of the open house.

During Fire Prevention Week, the department steps up its regular visits to schools, senior centers, and other community events to educate residents in reducing the risk of house fires. Common household activities can be made safer by following a few simple recommendations, and few people realize that cooking causes more injuries and house fires than any other single task.

Organizations like the Nanuet Fire Department and NFPA still make heavy use of poster printing and brochure printers to remind families how to prevent and survive fires, although a wealth of additional information is also available on the Internet, with both organizations having their own websites.