National Fire Prevention Week focuses on having a plan

Posted October 10, 2017

The Des Moines Fire Department is visiting with all ages from pre-schools to businesses to make sure they know what to do in the event of a fire. So unblock your exits today! Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Plus, fire alarms are also CARBON MONOXIDE alarms! For easy planning, an escape planning grid can be found on the NFPA website.

For more information on the program, call the fire department at 343-4230.

In fact, you only have about 3 or 4 minutes to get out of a house fire.

"One of the things we want them to do with their families, is when they go home, we give them a little bit of homework", says Capt. Thomson.

The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. When one sounds, they all sound.

The first may already be installed in your home. The breakfast will include the presentation of the following medals to Fire Department personnel who have shown outstanding valor and bravery in their service to the citizens of Detroit: the Commissioner's Medal of Valor, the Phoenix of Detroit Fire Department's Robert Murray/ Marcena Taylor Valor Medal, and the EMS Chief's Medal of Honor.

When you practice, do what you would do in case of a fire.

"Businesses should also review emergency plans and evacuation routes with employees during Fire Prevention Week", reminds Ostroskey.

Meanwhile, adults should be double checking any of their appliances that generate heat, to make sure they work properly.

The fire department's time capsule was originally going to be dedicated during the ceremony, but Sills said a nozzle that was sent out to have all the current firefighters' names engraved on it has not been returned yet. "As fires can spread quickly, it is important for people to reduce their risk by not smoking in their homes and to dispose of their butts safely when smoking outside".

Once escape routes are established, determine a meeting place outside the front of your house that is a safe distance from the home.

"You'll either get a free smoke detector or free pizza", Mosby said.

Once you're out, stay out! "Re-entering a burning building is treacherous, and can deliver crippling, if not fatal consequences".

The Green Village Fire Department is the primary fire responder for Chatham Township Fire District One and portions of Harding Township. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Chatham-Kent's health unit and fire department want residents to know fire safety goes beyond remembering to stop, drop and roll.