San Antonio firefighters promote Home Fire Drill Day
Posted On: Oct 15, 2016

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Only 1 in 5 parents regularly practice fire escape plans at home, and only half of parents report that their children know what to do in the event of a fire. Yet, home fires are the biggest disaster threat facing American families today, with nine in 10 structure fires occurring in the home and more than eight in 10 fire-related deaths resulting from home fires.

To raise awareness of this issue and encourage families to be more prepared when it comes to fire safety, firefighters have partnered with Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program to launch a new national observance day – Home Fire Drill Day – on October 15. Home Fire Drill Day will occur on the last day of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15).

Home Fire Drill Day tips include:

  • Prepare for the practice by drawing out a plan based on the exits around the home.
  • Pick a family safety spot that’s near your home and a safe distance away.
  • Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know what the beep sounds like.
  • For children under six, assign an adult to help them.
  • Use a timer to ensure everyone is at the safety spot in two minutes or less, this is how much time a family has to safely exit the house in the event of a fire.

When a fire happens at hoe, children can become frightened and hide. By educating children at home, we can save lives -- and even have a little fun while doing it!

Visit http://homefiredrillday.makesafehappen.com/ for activities and games you can play on Home Fire Drill Day.


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San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association
8925 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 699-9400

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