Roseville Fire Department teams up with NFPA for Fire Prevention Week
If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of Americans households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.
That’s why Roseville’s Fire Department has teamed up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
“One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” says Fire Chief Marcus Reed of the Roseville Fire Department. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.”
Roseville Fire Department recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
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