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The Blackfoot Fire Department, at 225 N. Ash, is conducting an open house today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to commemorate Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13. Everyone is welcome to stop by for a tour of the station and refreshments.
Blackfoot Fire Department Captain Dave Krumenacker said the department is teaming up with the nonprofit group National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urging residents to have "Have Two Ways Out," the theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week.
According to NFPA, one third of American households surveyed, estimated that they thought they would have at least 6 minutes to get out of burning house before it became life-threatening, when in reality the time is significantly less. Krumenacker said this week will focus on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
"In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires with a fire reported every 85 seconds. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage," Krumenacker reported. "Fire is unpredictable and moves much faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family's safety should a fire break out in your home."
Blackfoot Fire Department offers the following tips for planning an escape in the event of a fire:
-Make a map of your home. Mark a door and window that can be used to get out of every room.
-Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they've escaped. Draw a picture your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
-Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
-Have a grownup sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
-Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grownups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever someone in the family has a birthday.
To learn more about "Two Ways Out" go to www.firepreventionweek.org.
To schedule a tour of the fire station outside of today's open house, call 785-8605 from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.