Fire Officials Launch Fire Prevention Week: October 6-12, 2019

“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape”

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts President Chief Dennis Condon are launching Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. “This year’s theme Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape, emphasizes how important it is for every family to make and practice a home escape plan. Even families of one,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey.

Chief Condon said, “There is nothing firefighters like to see more when they respond to a fire than the whole family standing at their meeting place, safe outside. Working smoke alarms coupled with a practiced escape plan increase your chances of surviving a fire.”

“If you have a fire at home you may have less than three minutes after the alarm sounds to get out safely. Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death,” says State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Fire Prevention Week is a great time to hold a family fire drill: test the smoke alarms, practice two ways of getting outside and going to the meeting place,” he added.

Fire departments across the state will be busy during Fire Prevention Week visiting schools and senior centers, holding open houses, participating in community days, and sharing information to help everyone in their community learn to prevent fires and survive those that do occur.

For additional information, visit the Department of Fire Services Fire Prevention Week  webpage or visit www.mass.gov/dfs and type in “Fire Prevention Week” in the search box.

The National Fire Protection Association is the sponsor of National Fire Prevention Week, which commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871.


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