Horry County Fire Rescue offers safety tips during Fire Prevention Week

Horry County Fire Rescue offers safety tips during Fire Prevention Week

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds in 2015, with about 80% of all USA fire deaths annually occurring at home. "Having working smoke detectors in the home, planning an escape route and practicing the plan with the family is critical", he said.

National fire prevention week provides fire departments across the country to educate the public on the importance of fire safety and prevention.

ESFI continues to develop resources for at-risk communities living in older homes without updated fire prevention technology. After completing the escape plan, families are asked to turn their front porch light on so passing firemen know that you've completed the safety drill.

Check out our other stories during Fire Prevention Week here. And once you get outside, stay outside. "Once you hear the smoke alarm, you need to react quickly and know ahead of time what to do".

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Claudio Mostacci, fire safety officer at the City of Hamilton, said people sometimes think they have more time than they actually do to leave the scene of a fire.

Firefighters say if a home has infants or anyone with mobility limitations, assign someone to assist them during a fire.

"The smoke alarm program started as a joint effort between ICT and the State Fire Marshal's Office which has strongly supported the use of smoke alarms", said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the College Station Fire Department is teaming up with Domino's Pizza and the National Fire Protection Association test detectors in BCS homes. They reassured students that they needn't be afraid of firefighters even when their uniforms make them look unrecognizable. It is also important to designate a meeting spot that is at least 100 feet from the home where the household members can meet in case of a fire.