Fire Prevention Week sparks interest in safety

The Fire Prevention Kickoff Day hosted by Hampton County Fire Departments and EMS took place Oct. 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in front of the Varnville Town Hall. 

The event offered multiple activities, such as a fire prevention trailer, truck tours, bunker gear and air pack demonstrations. Children also received an opportunity to squirt water with a real fire hose.  Attendees also learned from fire extinguisher demonstrations, vehicle extrication demonstrations and EMS demonstrations. 

As well as informational, free hot dogs and drinks were provided to those who attended the event.

Hampton County Fire Chief Greg Cook encourages all Hampton County households to develop a plan together and practice 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’s a safe distance from the home.

NFPA and Hampton County Fire-Rescue 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 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.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

“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 Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.