Stay Alive! Fire Prevention Week & Month Kick-off with All Local Fire Departments Reaching Out

ACROSS SACHEM, NY — Fire prevention education is a major focus year-round—and especially in October—when both Fire Prevention Week and Fire Prevention Month activities spread throughout communities to help keep families safe.

Oct. 6 to 12 is Fire Prevention Week and October is Fire Prevention Month.

Throughout all the neighborhoods in Sachem, fire departments will reach out to help make sure homes and families are prepared in the event of an emergency.

The Farmingville, Holbrook and Holtsville fire departments will each have open houses complete with many activities appealing to all ages. The Ronkonkoma Fire Department will focus on engaging children through school visits this year in place of an open house.

The month-long fire department open houses begin Friday, Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m. with Holbrook Fire Department opening its doors to the community.

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The Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department will open its doors and let the community come down and check out the tools used to serve and protect.

Farmingville Fire Department is up next with its open house scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 6-10 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, Oct. 13, 5-9 p.m.)

Click to Learn More about Farmingville Fire Department's Open House

Fire Prevention Month wraps up with the Holtsville Fire Department’s open house scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20, 12-4 p.m.

Click to Learn More about Holtsville Fire Department's Open House

The National Fire Protection Association offers these safety tips.

Home Fire Escape Planning and Practice

Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes.

Home fire escape planning should include:

  • Drawing a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows
  • Going to each room and pointing to the two ways out
  • Making sure someone will help children, older adults, and people with disabilities wake up and get out
  • Teaching children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them
  • Establishing a meeting place outside and away from the home where everyone can meet after exiting
  • Having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms

Home fire escape practice should include:

  • Pushing the smoke alarm button to start the drill
  • Practicing what to do in case there is smoke: Get low and go. Get out fast.
  • Practicing using different ways out and closing doors behind you as you leave
  • Never going back for people, pets, or things
  • Going to your outdoor meeting place
  • Calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Cooking

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.
  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove top.

Heating

  • Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.
  • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.
  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.
  • Have a 3-foot (1-meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.
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