The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape™!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. This year’s campaign focuses on the importance of home escape planning and practice. It also recognizes everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice an escape plan; these seemingly simple, basic actions can have life-saving impact!
Home escape planning and practice is more important than ever, particularly because today’s homes burn faster than ever. Synthetic fibers used in modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, are all contributing factors.
The true value of home escape planning and practice is often underestimated. “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to remind the public just how impactful home escape planning can be, and to celebrate young students, parents, caregivers, and beyond, who learn about home fire escape planning and practice, bring that information home, and spur their households to action.
A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home. Home escape plans should be practiced twice a year by all members of the household.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week and “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!,” along with a wealth of resources to help promote the campaign locally, visit fpw.org.