Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Fire & Emergency Services is spreading the word about safe fire practices during National Fire Prevention Week.
The National Fire Protection Association has announced the theme for its FPW 2021 campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” The theme is meant to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe.
When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action. NFPA aims to raise awareness and works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one.
LOOK for possible hazards.
LISTEN for your home smoke alarms. Know you may only have minutes to get out if a fire breaks out.
LEARN two ways out of each room of your home. Exits should be easy to access and free of clutter.
After leaving the home, go to your family’s designated meeting spot, established when you set up a home fire escape.
National Fire Prevention Week has been observed annually since 1925, when President Calvin Coolidge began the tradition by signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion. It is observed each year, Sunday through Saturday during the week in which October 9th falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. According to NFPA, the Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, burned more than 2,000 acres and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
The purpose of FPW is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to all people of all ages. MCLB Fire & Emergency Services is available to help educate and answer any questions you may have.