Why is this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme – “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”??
Our Firefighters train constantly to be ready to save your life in a fire; we need YOU to practice to save YOUR life because time to escape is short.
I’d like to share with the Warminster Community a section of an interesting article in this month’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that connects this year’s FPW theme to new statistics:
“…the number of home fire deaths in the United States each year has started to tick up recently, increasing 6 percent on average over the five-year period between 2013 and 2017, compared to the five years before. This troubling trend has a lot to do with the fact that today’s home fires burn faster than ever before. This is due to the way homes are built (i.e., open floor plans and unprotected lightweight construction) and what we are putting inside them (mainly synthetic, highly combustible furnishings). As a result, if a fire strikes, occupants could have as little as two minutes to escape—a task made even harder amid thick, blinding smoke that can make it nearly impossible to find your way out of a burning home.”
-Lorraine Carli is Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA
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