"Fire won't wait, plan your escape"

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The Whiteman Fire and Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week TM (FPW), October 9-15, 2022. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape TM”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

The Whiteman Fire and Emergency Services encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme.
“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different,” said Mr. Andrew Wells, Base Fire Prevention Inspector. “Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!”

Whiteman Fire and Emergency Services wants to share these key home fire escape planning tips:
• Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
• Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every levelof your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
• Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
• Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
• Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

The Whiteman Fire and Emergency Services is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”, including Displays at the Commissary and BX a Static display at the youth center on 11 Oct at 1600hrs Show and Tell at the CDC on 14 Oct 2022 Time TBD and the Grand Finaly starting with the Base parade beginning at the commissary/BX parking lot starting at 1000 hrs 15 Oct 2022 and finishing at the Commissary parking lot for an afternoon of events for adults and children..
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities on Whiteman AFB, please contact the Whiteman Fire and Emergency Services at Mr. Tim Robinson @ 6606876083 or Mr. Andrew Wells @ 6606876080. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit fpw.org and sparky.org.