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The Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) and the City of Riverdale remind you to make sure you’re prepared to deal with the fire risks in your home and business.

According to a news release from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), fire departments across the country are joining together with the organization 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.

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.

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “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. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While NFPA and the RVFD are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said RVFD Fire Chief, Floyd Bruns. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”


What you can do to help

The best thing you can do is follow this simple guide on how to make a Home Fire Escape Plan. It’s simple to do, but the time you spend preparing today can save your life (or the life of a loved one) in the future.

Interested in learning more? Check out these handy fact sheets:

•   What you need to know about home fire sprinklers
•   What you need to know about smoke alarms
•   Tips for creating your home escape route

And finally, feel free to share the information below on your favorite social media network (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and be sure to tag: #RiverdaleVolunteerFireDepartment or #RVFD!