Fire Department To Host Open House Sunday As Part Of Fire Prevention Week
Oct 09, 2015 05:41AM
By Bill Gilman
The State Department of Fire Services is joining forces with fire departments and safety advocates across the Commonwealth during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015, to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes, including their bedrooms, and testing them monthly.
According to the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. In Massachusetts, over 20% of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.1
“In a fire, seconds count,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “More than half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep; and one-quarter of all fatal fires in Massachusetts in 2014 began in the bedroom. Having smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”As part of Fire Prevention Week, the Tewksbury Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Center Station.
This is a tremendous event for the whole family with demonstrations and numerous "hands on" activities.
The event will feature:
- A demonstration of the "Jaws of Life"
- A "Hazard House" that can be walked through
- A chance to try on real firefighting gear
- The opportunity to spray water from a real fire hose.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Interconnect smoke alarms throughout your home. When one sounds, they all sound.
• Test alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button.
• Unless smoke alarms have a long life sealed battery, replace batteries twice a year when we change our clocks.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or if they do not sound when tested.
• Have a practiced home escape plan and make sure everyone knows where the meeting place is.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
• When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
Fires in Massachusetts
No one thinks a fire will happen to them, yet according to data from the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS), there were 28,697 fires reported in Massachusetts during 2014 causing 54 civilian deaths, 308 civilian injuries, 437 fire service injuries and an estimated $240 million in property damage.