Queen Creek Fire and Medical Encourages ‘Look. Listen. Learn.’ During Fire Prevention Week
The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department (QCFMD) is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, to urge residents to Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere. The campaign focuses on three basic, but essential steps to reduce the likelihood of having a fire, and how to escape safely in the event of one:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. 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. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.
“Escape planning and practice before a fire can be the life-saving difference when seconds count,” stated Queen Creek Fire & Medical Chief Vance Gray. “Situational awareness is a skill people need to use in all situations, not just in your home. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
The Mayor and Council recently declared Oct. 7-13 Fire Prevention Awareness Week, and throughout the month of October, QCFMD will be visiting third graders in the community. Firefighters will work with the kids to teach them the importance of smoke alarms, general fire safety, pool safety, the importance of helmets and exit drills. QCFMD will also visit pre-schools to introduce children to firefighters.
To schedule a visit, call the Fire Administration Office at 480-358-3360. For more safety information, visit Firepreventionweek.org or Sparky.org. To stay updated on Town news and events, follow Facebook.com/QCFire and Twitter.com/TOQC_official.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer