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Posted on: October 5, 2018

Fire Department Shares Safety Tips: 2018 National Fire Prevention Week

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Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. 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 Lombard Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ 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.

“We know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Lombard Fire Chief Rick Sander. “We look forward to our community open house event on October 10th, where we can teach more people about the potentially life-saving difference escape planning and practice can make and motivating them to action.”

Chief Sander says this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and 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.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Sander. “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 about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.


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