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Fire prevention open houses tonight, Tuesday and Saturday

Becky Vargo • Oct 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Fire Prevention Week activities continue this week in northwest Ottawa County with open houses tonight in Ferrysburg, Tuesday in Grand Haven Township and Saturday in Grand Haven.

Crockery Township firefighters will hold their event on Monday, Oct. 16.

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, is “Every second counts: Plan two ways out.”

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. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

“Home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety and can truly make the difference between life and death in a fire situation” said Chief Jeff Hawke, Director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to jump into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety will host its Annual Fire Prevention Open House on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be educational, family-oriented activities, where residents can learn more about the importance of having and practicing a home escape plan.

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.

Here are some 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 number of your home is 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.

Open house schedule

Ferrysburg

Monday, Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m.

17411 N. Shore Drive

Grand Haven Township

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-8 p.m.

13250 168th Ave.

Grand Haven

Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

525 Washington Ave.

Crockery Township

Monday, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m.

16875 Main St., Nunica

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