The El Paso Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”
The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. Fire prevention week runs from October 6 to October 12.
“In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” EPFD officials shared. “Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries.
On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.
“Early warning is another critical item in everyone’s fire safety kit, by having properly installed and working smoke alarms, you can gain valuable time to escape in case of a fire, EPFD officials added.
Smoke alarm batteries must be checked every 6 months and after 10 years the smoke alarm should be replaced. The El Paso Fire Department, in partnership with the American Red Cross, provides free smoke alarms for residents of El Paso.
To request smoke alarms simply dial 3-1-1 or visit elpasofire.org