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'Have Two Ways Out'

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Staff photo by Chris Kaiser Mayor Jake Crafton, seated, signs a proclamation declaring Oct. 7 - 13 as National Fire Prevention Week. Pictured with Crafton are, from left, Kennett Fire Captain and Paramedic Paul Spain, Fire Pup, Kennett Fire Captain Bill Monroe, Fire Chief John Mallott, and Kennett Fire Marshal and Fire Captain Scott Tutor.
The Kennett Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 7 through October 13, 2012, to urge residents to "Have Two Ways Out!"

The Kennett Fire Department will be conducting fire-safety education classes for students in the local schools throughout the week , including daycare up to the third grade. "We would like residents to know they do not have much time to leave a burning building," said Kennett Fire Marshal, Scott Tutor.

According to NFPA, one third of American households estimate they thought they have at least six minutes before a fire, in their home would become life-threatening. "Unfortunately, the time available is often less," Tutor said.

Tutor used the example, "It's 3 a.m., you and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, you find that the escape route is blocked by fire that is spreading by the second. What do you do?"

Tutor explained that NFPA statistics state that one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. That adds up to 369,500 home structure fires, which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths. "We also know that most fatal fires kill one or two people," said Tutor.

According to Tutor, this year's theme, "Have Two Ways Out!," focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

Tutor went on to say that "only one-third of Americans have both developed and practice a home fire escape plan. Of the three quarters of Americans who do have an escape plan, less that half actually practiced it."

"Fire is unpredictable," Tutor said. "Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We want to ensure that Kennett residents know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Preparation is an important part of being able to deal with an emergency and it is crucial you take steps to prepare your family for the potential of a home fire by having an escape plan and practicing it."

If children are in the household, Tutor suggests making the following a family activity:

* Make a map of your home. Mark a door window that can be used to get out of every room.

* Choose a meeting place outside, in the front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they have escaped.

* Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on you escape plan.

* Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.

* Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home.

* Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in the home celebrates a birthday.

If the house hold is all adults:

* Walk through your home and identify two ways out of each room.

* Choose a meeting place outside, in the front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they have escaped.

* Make sure everyone knows the emergency number for you fire department.

The numbers for fire personnel include Kennett, Station 1, 888-4512, Station 2, 888-4412, or to report a fire out of the city limits 888-4511, or just remember to dial 911.



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