City of Lincoln
2018 Media Releases
- October 10, 2018
- For More Information Contact:
- Nancy Crist, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, 402 441-8361
Fire Prevention Week Under Way
The theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week October 7 through 13 is, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere!" Lincoln Fire and Rescue recommends that all residents practice their fire escape plans at least once a year and offer the following tips:
- Practice escaping from your home with your eyes closed while crawling or staying low and feeling your way out.
- Never open doors that are hot to the touch.
- Teach your family to stop, drop and roll if clothes catch fire.
- Designate a meeting place outside and take attendance. Get out and stay out.
- Remember to escape first, then call 911.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from each room in the house.
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of the house and inside all sleeping areas. Test the batteries every month and change the batteries every 6 months.
- Install a carbon monoxide on every level with fuel-burning appliances or attached garages.
Each year in the U.S., about 3,300 people die as a result of home fires and burns. More than 200,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for burn injuries caused from scalds or burns from cooking. Lincoln Fire and Rescue offers these home safety tips:
- Keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of tables and counters.
- Maintain a three-foot "kid-free" zone around the stove or other cooking appliances.
- Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.
- Be cautious when using curling irons, straighteners, lamps and heaters.
- Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets.
- Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle, fireplace or portable heater.
- Set your hot water heater to a temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
- Install anti-scald valves on shower heads and faucets.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire on October 10, 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. More information on Lincoln Fire and Rescue is available at fire.lincoln.ne.gov and firepreventionweek.org.