Sunday, October 22, 2017
City Of Marshalltown
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National Fire Prevention Week

Department: Fire Department
Date: 10/09/17

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

 

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. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely. “Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory.”  Pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”

In support of Fire Prevention Week, Marshalltown Fire Department encourages all Marshalltown households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.

NFPA and the Marshalltown Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, 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 can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • 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 inside a burning building.

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David Rierson, Fire Chief
Phone: 641-754-5751

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