OSWEGO – As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Oswego Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.”
What does that mean?
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.
Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.
The Oswego Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association, the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years — to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.
NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1,000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.
“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Oswego Fire Chief Randall Griffin “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”
Griffin also said although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home.
That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.
In support of the initiative, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow has issued a proclamation citing October 7-13, 2018, as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Oswego.
“Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity for residents to look at their homes for ways to prevent fires, check smoke alarms, and to practice different ways of getting out of the house in case of an emergency,” he said.
Chief Griffin said this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help prevent and / or safely escape a fire:
? “Look” for places fire could start.
? “Listen” for the sound of the smoke alarm.
? “Learn” 2 ways out of every room.
While NFPA and the Oswego Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Oswego Fire Department Assistant Chief Jon Chawgo. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
For more information on how to stay safe, please contact the Oswego Fire Department headquarters at (315) 343-2161.
Oswego firefighters are available to visit homes to help residents “Look, Listen, and Learn.”