State Fire Marshal recognizes National Fire Prevention Week in IL

  • State Fire Marshal recognizes National Fire Prevention Week in IL

State Fire Marshal recognizes National Fire Prevention Week in IL

In light of National Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, the Marietta Fire Department would like to remind citizens of some information if they are ever faced with escaping a fire. The NFPA said a practiced home escape plan helps to make sure people don't waste precious time trying to figure out how to get out in the event of a fire.

Developing a plan doesn't have to be complicated.

In many cases, a window will represent the second way out of a room.

Fire Prevention Week will be marked with two open houses, one this weekend at the Green Village Volunteer Fire Department and one next weekend at the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department.

"Homes can be completely engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes", says Public Educator Whitney Burk.

Hoarding conditions were present in the most recent fatal fire in Carroll County back in August, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

But, a plan shouldn't just be drawn up and forgotten about - it needs to be practiced, too. In addition to a home escape plan, homes must have working smoke alarms. "They can take that detector down and see when it was manufactured, and if it's older than ten years, they really should be purchasing new ones". "Re-entering a burning building is treacherous, and can deliver crippling, if not fatal consequences".

"Children practice fire drills in school at least four times each year".

Having these plans in place with different exits than the normal day-to-day ones and continually practicing the plans will provide people with alternate ways out, that could one day save yours or a family member's life.

The Enterprise Fire Department now has a Class 3 ISO rating, which determines fire insurance rates.

-Once you get outside, stay outside.

As always, another emphasis during the week will be the use of smoke alarms. The presence of smoke detectors can be the single-biggest lifesaver in the event of a fire. But whenever that alarm goes off or someone reports a fire or there is smoke, we want them to have those two ways out.

State Fire Administrator Jeff Morrissette says all home escape plans should include two ways to escape.