Monday, September 17, 2012

OFPD Hosts Open House Oct. 6 to promote Fire Prevention Week

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OFPD Hosts Open House Oct. 6 to promote Fire Prevention Week
Many residents unprepared if their home catches fire

(OFPD) – Nearly one-third of American residents are unprepared to escape a fire if one were to occur in their homes, a recent study commissioned by the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) concludes.

Most Americans, according to the study, believe that 6 minutes is more than enough time for them to gather their family and flee a fire if it were to occur in their homes.

But that time period is higher than what officials believe is the safe time zone and would put many families in jeopardy in a life threatening fire.

Two help raise awareness, the Orland Fire Protection District has teamed up with NFPA to showcase the problem during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012. The OFPD and NFPA urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” which is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.

“One structure fire in a home was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” says Chief Ken Brucki of the Orland Fire District.

“Fire is unpredictable and moves much faster than most people realize.  Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home. Six minutes is not enough time to escape life threatening circumstances and I am hoping the emphasis on that this year during Fire Prevention Week will encourage more families to recognize the significance of fire escape planning and practice.” 

The Orland Fire Protection District recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:

  • ·         Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
  • ·         Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they have escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
  • ·         Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
  • ·         Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
  • ·         Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

The Orland Fire Protection District will be hosting an Open House on October 6, 2012, to kick off Fire Prevention Week to promote “Have Two Ways Out!”

Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practices, as well as the power of prevention, visit our website for more details.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and the Orland Fire Protection District, contact Nancy Mulvihill at 708-873-2742. To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s Web site at

The Open House will be held at the Orland Fire Prevention District Training Center, 10728 W. 163rd Place from 10 am until 1 pm Saturday Oct. 6, 2012.

Also, there will be a coloring contest ceremony announcing winner at 12:30. Students from local schools have submitted Coloring Contest pictures and the winners will be picked from the entries. The top 3 in each grade will get a trophy.

And, the OFPD will host a blood drive from 8 until 2 pm.