National Fire Prevention Week begins Oct. 7

Chuck Kuhn
Greg Mitchell

The Business Services Section’s Chuck Kuhn, Fermilab fire chief, and Greg Mitchell, senior safety officer, wrote this column.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week takes place from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, and the Fermilab Fire Department joins the National Fire Protection Association once again to promote this annual event.

The National Fire Protection Association announced the 2012 Fire Prevention Week theme as “Have Two Ways Out!” to encourage families across the country to prioritize fire escape planning and practice. NFPA blazes the trail for home fire safety and leads the campaign to have a home fire escape plan.

It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? The possibility of this scenario is why having two ways out should be a key part of your plan.

There are many things that you and your family can do to practice fire safety. The Fire Department recommends that you go over family escape plans, decide on special meeting places with your children and make sure your children know which emergency numbers to call in case of fire.

The Fire Department will visit the Fermilab Daycare Center on the morning of Oct. 9 to give its annual presentation on fire safety. It is always a positive lesson on fire prevention, and it’s exciting and educational for the kids.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Fermilab Fire Department will display one of their fire engines in the horseshoe in front of Wilson Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fermilab has an aggressive approach to safety, and we should carry some of that back to our homes and children. Employees should feel free to contact the Fire Department at x3428 if they have any fire prevention questions.