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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.

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.

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:
  • Drawing a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows
  • Going to each room and pointing to the two ways out
  • Making sure someone will help wake up and show children, older adults, and people with disabilities the way out
  • Teaching children how to escape on their own in case an adult cannot help them
  • Establishing a meeting place outside and away from the home where everyone can meet after exiting
  • Properly installing and maintaining smoke alarms
  • Pushing the smoke alarm button to start the drill
  • Practicing what to do in case there is smoke: Get low and go. Get out fast.
  • Practicing using different ways out and closing doors behind you as you leave
  • Never going back for people, pets, or things
  • Going to your outdoor meeting place
  • Practice calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor's phone
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."


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