Nassau County Executive Blakeman, Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Fire Service Academy and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum gathered on October 7th at the Museum to kick off fire prevention week. Fire officials are sending out the message, “Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape!” – the 2022 theme of the annual Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15 — promoting the importance of having a home escape plan.
“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different,” said Michael Uttaro, Chief Fire Marshal.
Home fire escape planning safety tips:
- Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
- Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
- Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
- Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.