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Fire Prevention Open House offers family fun

Post Date:10/03/2017 12:30 PM

SARASOTA COUNTY- The entire family is invited to a enjoy a fun-filled and educational day at the annual Fire Prevention Week Open House sponsored by Sarasota County Emergency Services.

  • The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Fire Station No. 5, 400 N. Beneva Road.
  • Admission and refreshments will be free.

Sarasota County Fire Department is reminding the community that "Every Second Counts - Plan Two Ways Out," which is this year's Fire Prevention Week theme.

During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters will be spreading the word about the importance of having a fire escape plan and always planning two ways out. In order to help keep your household safe, Sarasota County Fire Department encourages residents to:

  • 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.
    • Be sure to include accommodations for any disabilities family members may have, i.e., blindness, hearing impaired, physical/mental handicaps.
  • 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 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 down the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside.
  • Make sure you have a safe meeting place that everyone in your family knows.
  • Never go back inside a burning building.

"Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan is like building muscle memory," said Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier. "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."
This year's event will include live fire demonstrations, games, fire trucks and rescues, 9-1-1's Red E. Fox and Terry Telephone and much more. Bring a camera for photo opportunities with firefighters.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

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