Tennessee fire departments reinforce "Have Two Ways Out" message

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 11, 2012

Two fire departments in Tennessee are gearing up for their annual Fire Prevention Week campaigns, and are working to remind local residents about the importance of home escape planning. The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign is "Have Two Ways Out".

“Fire safety is a lesson that should be learned by everyone in the county, not just during our fire prevention week programs when we are at the schools but even the adults need to know what to do," says Jeff Milton, Chief of the Stewart County Fire & Rescue (SCFR) in an article on The Leaf Chronicle. He says the SCFR, along with the Dover city Fire Department, are telling the community about the importance of knowing two ways out of every room in their home, and that if they have a home fire, the first thing to do is get out and stay out.

“Running back in for stuff is what kills people,” said Chief Milton. “Find a safe place outside and stay there till there the fire department can arrive on the scene and make sure you have accounted for everyone that was there with you. Let us know this when we arrive, but never run back inside.”

Both the SCFR and the Dover Fire Department are encouraging their neighbors to join in support their education efforts through Sparky’s Wish List, which brings together the fire service, local businesses, and the community fund life-saving fire safety educational materials.

The Wish List website allows fire departments to create a tailored profile page, identifying the specific materials needed for local fire education programs. Residents, businesses and others can then find the pages and choose items to purchase from the list. Materials will be sent directly to the fire department. SCFR and Dover City FD are both listed on the Tennssee page of the Wish List website.