As part of this year's national fire prevention theme, "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™" ORVFD urges residents to have two ways out of a burning building. To support Fire Prevention Month, the department also hosted a series of practice drills.
The Public Safety Volunteer Fire Department (ORVFD) just received its new 2019 Fire Engine! The engine, which was funded by a $600K grant from Monroe County, is replacing an engine that is more than 15 years old.
Speaking of ORVFD, October is National Fire Prevention Month. If your home was on fire, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the National Fire Protection Association, one-third of American household residents believe they would have at least six minutes before a fire became life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
Home Fire Escape Planning and Practice
Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety and needs to be developed and practiced before a fire occurs.
Home fire escape planning should include the following:
While ORVFD is focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location. "Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go," said Patrick McIntosh, Vice President and Director of Public Safety. "No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously, and exit the building immediately."