Lincoln Fire and Rescue is asking all families to practice their home fire escape plans at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 8 as part of National Fire Prevention Week. All fire vehicles will sound their air horns at that time as a reminder. Fire officials recommend that families practice their fire escape plans at least once a year and use these tips:
Fire departments across the nation are joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is focusing on burn prevention during National Fire Prevention Week through October 10. The 2009 slogan is "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned," and the campaign focuses on ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns.
We all know that if a child touches a hot stove, he or she learns a lesson and stays away from a stove in the future," said Fire Chief Niles Ford. "But this cliché does not take into account the pain and suffering. Burns should not be part of the learning process, and injuries are entirely preventable.
Each year in the U.S., about 4,000 people die as a result of home fires and burns, and more than 200,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for burn injuries. Ford says the most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue offers the follow tips to "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned:"
Fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week for 85 years, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. For more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: fire) and www.firepreventionweek.org.