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October is Fire Prevention Month

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October is recognized as Fire Prevention Month, and this year’s theme from the National Fire Protection Agency is: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™”

The two most common causes of Oregon residential fires in 2018 were cooking and heating. All told, 3,122 residential structure fires resulted in 30 deaths, 125 civilian injuries, and $80 million dollars in property and content loss.

Why home escape planning and practice matter:

  • Home escape planning and practice ensure that everyone knows what to do in a fire and is prepared to escape quickly and safely.
     
  • Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.
     
  • When the smoke alarm sounds in a real fire, it’s too late to start making a plan.