Along with fire agencies and safety advocates nationwide, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14, 2017, to educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.
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 is a safe distance from the home. Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory. That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.
The NFPA and the State Fire Marshal’s Office offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the address numbers of your home are clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
To help residents experience the fun and spirit of Fire Prevention Week in their communities, a list of public events happening across the state is provided below. Please note, most fire departments celebrate Fire Prevention Week by visiting the local schools in their communities—these events are not open to the public. Contact your local fire agency for specific information about events open to the public.
|Mason County Fire District 17 – Lilliwaup||October 14 – Fire Prevention Bingo & Soup Night from 4:00pm-7:00pm, located at 34571 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup 98555|
|Central Mason Fire & EMS – Shelton||October 14 – District Open House from 5:00pm-8:00pm, located at 122 W Franklin St, Shelton 98584|
|Adams County Fire District 2 – Othello||October 19 – Fire District Open House from 5:00pm-8:00 pm, located at 220 S Broadway, Othello 99344|
|Cowlitz County Fire District 5 – Kalama||October 13 – Fire Prevention Week flyers and giveaways @ Kalama High School Chinook Stadium from 7:00pm-8:30pm|
|Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue – Kelso||October 14 – Headquarter Station Open House from 11:00am-2:00pm, located at 701 Vine St, Kelso 98626|
|Cowlitz County Fire District 6 – Castle Rock||October 14 – Safety Carnival at Station 61 from 10:00am-2:00pm, located at 146 A St, Castle Rock 98611|
|Longview Fire Department||October 14 – Fire Station Open House from 10:00am-2:00pm, located at 740 Commerce Ave, Longview 98632|
|Douglas County Fire District 1 – East Wenatchee||October 14 – District Open House from 11:00am-3pm, located at 377 Eastmont Ave, East Wenatchee 98802|
|City of Pasco Fire Department||October 10 – Open House at Fire Station 82 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, located at 3502 Varney Lane, Pasco 93301|
|Grant County Fire District 3 – Quincy||October 10 – Fire Prevention Night and Open House from 3:00pm-7:00pm, located at 1201 Central Ave S, Quincy 98848|
|City of Moses Lake Fire Department||October 14 – Fireman’s Breakfast at Fire Station 1 from 6:00am-11:00am, located at 1701 E Third Ave, Moses Lake 98837|
|Grays Harbor County|
|City of Ocean Shores Fire Department||October 12 – Fire Station Open House from 5:00pm-9:00pm, located at 585 Point Brown Ave NW, Ocean Shores 98569|
|North Whidbey Fire & Rescue – Oak Harbor||October 9 – Fire Station 25 Open House from 6:00pm-8:00pm, located at 2720 Heller Road, Oak Harbor 98277|
|Vashon Island Fire & Rescue – Vashon||October 7 – Fire Station Open House from 10:00am-2:00pm, located at 10020 SW Bank Road, Vashon 98070|
|Redmond Fire Department||October 9 – Open House at Stations 13 (8701 208th Ave NE) & 14 (5021 264th Ave NE) from 6:00pm-8:00pm.|
|Redmond Fire Department||October 10 – Open House at Station 16 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, located at 6502 185th Ave NE, Redmond 98052|
|Redmond Fire Department||October 11 – Open House at Station 17 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, located at 16917 NE 116th St, Redmond 98502|
|Seattle Fire Department||October 11 – Firefighter Story Time @ Seattle Public Library Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126|
|Redmond Fire Department||October 12 – Open House at Station 12 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, located at 421 148th Ave NE, Bellevue 98007|
|Seattle Fire Department||October 12 – Firefighter Story Time @ Seattle Public Library Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch, 1134 33rd Ave, Seattle 98122|
|Redmond Fire Department||October 13 – Open House at Station 18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, located at 2271 NE Alder Crest Dr, Redmond 98053|
|Bellevue Fire Department||October 14 – All Stations Open House from 10:00am-4:00pm. Click here for station locations|
|Redmond Fire Department||October 14 – Open House at Station 11 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, located at 8451 161th Ave NE, Redmond 98052|
|East Pierce Fire & Rescue – Bonney Lake||October 7 – Open House at Station 111 from 1:00pm-4:00pm, located at 18421 Veterans Memorial Dr E, Bonney Lake 98391|
|Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One||October 7 – Fire Prevention at the Scarecrow Festival from 10:00am-4:00pm, located at 10123 78th Ave NW, Gig Harbor 98332|
|Key Peninsula Fire – Lakebay||October 14 – Open House from 8:00am-11:00am, located at 8911 Key Peninsula Hwy KPN, Lakebay 98349|
|West Pierce Fire & Rescue – Lakewood||October 22 – Annual Fall Safety Day from 10:00am-1:00pm, located at 5000 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood 98499|
|San Juan County|
|San Juan Island Fire Department||October 7 – Open House Safety Fair from 11:00am-1:00pm, located at 1011 Mullis St, Friday Harbor 98250|
|Anacortes Fire Department||October 14 – Open House from 9:00am-12:00pm, located at 1016 13th St, Anacortes 98221|
|Mount Vernon Fire Department||October 14 – Open House at Fire Station 3 from 10:00am-2:00pm, located at 4701 East Division St, Mount Vernon 98274|
|Everett Fire Department||October 8 – Open House at Fire Station 1 from 11:00am-1:00pm, located at 3619 Rucker Ave, Everett 98201|
|Snohomish County Fire District 4 – Snohomish||October 8 – District Open House from 12:00pm-4:00pm, located at 8010 180th St SE, Snohomish 98296|
|Everett Fire Department||October 10 – Open House at Fire Station 5 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, located at 1600 Madison St, Everett 98203|
|Everett Fire Department||October 11 – Open House at Fire Station 4 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, located at 5920 Glenwood Ave, Everett 98203|
|Everett Fire Department||October 10 – Open House at Fire Station 6 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, located at 9520 Evergreen Way, Everett 98204|
|South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue – Lynnwood||October 14 – Open House & Fire Safety Adventure from 10:00am-1:00pm, located at 16819 13th Ave W, Lynnwood 98037|
|Silvana Fire Department – Stanwood||October 14 – Open House from 2:00pm-5:00pm, located at 2720 212th St NW, Stanwood 98292|
|Snohomish County Fire District 7 – Monroe||October 14 – Open House from 10:00am-2:00pm, located at 163 Village Ct, Monroe 98272|
|Spokane Valley Fire Department||October 7 – Home Fire Safety Checks + Smoke Alarm Installation in the University neighborhood. To schedule, call: (509) 892-4153|
|Spokane County Fire District 13 – Newman Lake||October 14 – Open House at Fire Station 1 from 10:00am-3:00pm, located at 9324 N Starr Road, Newman Lake 99025|
|Olympia Fire Department||October 7 – Open House Safety Day at Station O1 from 10:00am-1:00pm, located at 100 Eastside St NE, Olympia 98506|
|Bellingham Fire Department||October 14 – All Stations Open House from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Click here for details|