Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, 2016

Portage Fire Department Reminds Portage Residents: Don’t Wait – Check the Date! portage-fire-dept-logo

Working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half.

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Portage Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 9th to 15th, to remind local residents about the important of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement.

‘In a fire, seconds count,” said Phil Carpenter, Fire Chief. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.” Three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. This includes a practiced home escape plan, testing your smoke alarms monthly, replacing all smoke alarms at a minimum of every 10 years and immediately replacing any smoke alarm that does not respond properly when tested.

For more information please contact the Portage Fire Department at 239-8340.