The Bellevue Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote the importance of fire escape planning and practice during Fire Prevention Week.
The fire department urges residents to have a tried and true escape plan with two ways out should a fire break out in your home.
“One home structure was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” says Brian Koontz, Fire Prevention/Public Safety Officer of the Bellevue Fire Department. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize.
The fire department recommends making a map of your home, choose a designated meeting place in front of your home, and practice your escape plan.
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Bellevue, please contact the Bellevue Fire Department at (402) 917-2533