MPFD marks Fire Prevention Week 2017

In a fire, every second counts. Seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and the tragic loss of life.

Oct. 8 to 14 is National Fire Prevention Week and the Mount Pleasant Fire Department urges all citizens to make a fire safety plan to protect their property and their loved ones.

This year’s national theme is “Every Second Counts—Plan 2 Ways Out.” During the month of October, Mt. Pleasant Fire Department visits eight school campuses in the city and county with over 2,800 students from kindergarten to fourth grade.

Over the years, the fire department has presented a fire program to all the schools, from a puppet show to a safety house trailer.

Changing the theme and the stage props keeps the kids interested while getting the same message across.

MPFD has progressively improved their prevention program yearly for the safety of citizens in the city and county.

Follow these tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

-Together with all members of your household, draw a map of your home on graph paper, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.

-Practice your home fire drill twice a year; conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

-Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

-Make sure your address number is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

-In case of fire, close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

-Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back into a burning building.

Learn more at www.nfpa.org/fpw. For any additional information, please call MPFD at 903-575-4144.

Mount Pleasant Tribune

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Mount Pleasant TX 75456
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