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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape

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Did you know in a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds? In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy.

From October 6 - October 12, Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 90 years - to promote this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" The campaign works to educate the public about the small, but important actions people can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Here are some tips that families can practice not only this week, but year-round:

  • Test your smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Create a fire escape plan by drawing or mapping out the layout of your home, marking two exits from every room (typically a door and a window) and a path from each exit to the outside.
  • Practice your fire escape plan with your family at least two times a year. Press your smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone when they must get out.
  • Establish a meeting place outside of your home in case of a fire.
  • Teach household members to Stop, Drop and Roll if their clothes should catch on fire.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 911 or the local emergency number from a mobile phone or neighbor’s phone once they’re safely outside.

The mission of the City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services is to minimize the level of risk to life and property by delivering the highest quality emergency and nonemergency services to the community. With their ISO class 1 rating, which is the highest rating available in the nation, the department encourages residents to continue to prepare and educate themselves on fire prevention and safety. Residents can find more information and safety tips at Fire Rescue Services or they can participate in a Public Education event or program.


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