This week is National Fire Prevention Week, recognized annually by the National Fire Protection Association to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
A specific theme is chosen each year to focus on for the week, which this year is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice your Escape.”
Research shows today’s home fires burn faster and hotter than ever before, making escape planning a critical aspect to overall home safety.
Studies show that in the past, people had approximately 17 minutes to escape a typical home fire safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That number may now be as little as two minutes.
It was these concerns in mind that the NFPA decided on this year’s theme, which is now being used throughout the month to structure community outreach events by local fire departments across the U.S.
Locally, the city of Cortland Fire Department is once again hosting its poster-making contest among local students at both public and private schools in the area. The grand prize is a ride to school in a fire truck with members of City F.D.
For more information about the poster contest and City F.D.’s outreach events throughout the month of October, visit this link and listen to an interview with Acting Chief Wayne Friedman and Fire Prevention Coordinator Cpt. Dave Jensen.