Saturday October 13th, all Arlington County Fire Stations capped off Fire Prevention Week 2018 with our annual Open House events. Each station had crowds of community members show up to enjoy the various attractions including bounce houses, popcorn, cotton candy and games. There were also demonstrations, hose lines and of course fire trucks and firefighters. We heard a lot of great questions from visitors, and enjoyed our time interacting. Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us, some more than once, on Saturday. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.
The theme of 2018 Fire Prevention Week “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” highlights three important actions to keep yourself and your family safe from fire.
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and address them. If necessary, have a qualified professional correct any hazards.
Listen for the sound of a smoke alarm. A smoke alarm is the most important safety feature of your home. Properly installed, working smoke alarms in your home cuts your risk of dying in a fire in half.
- Install on every level of your home, including the basement and in every sleeping area.
- Test smoke alarms once a month by pushing the “test button.”
- Install new batteries at least twice a year, when you change your clocks for daylight savings.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
Learn two ways out of every room. Create and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household. 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.
- Plan two escape routes from every room, usually a door and a window.
- Provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.
- Agree on a meeting place where everyone will gather after you have escaped.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year if not before. While our Fire Prevention Week Open House is a planned event we hold every year, you are always welcome to stop by during the day or early evening to visit with us. We’re always happy to show the kids the fire trucks and answer any questions you my have.