How much do you know about fire safety?
Oct. 7-13 is National Fire Safety Week, and the Dearborn Fire Department is hosting an event to help remind residents of what they need to remember.
Test your fire safety knowledge and receive fire safety information while enjoying refreshments during the Dearborn Fire Department’s annual Open House. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Fire Station No. 2, located on Outer Drive, north of Michigan Avenue.
Open House guests can check out the department’s fire trucks, see a demonstration of the city’s bomb robot and take a picture of themselves in Fire Department gear.
Guests who bring a home escape plan, or draw one at the Open House, will receive a special reward, according to the City of Dearborn.
“Have Two Ways Out” is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week. Here are some tips for preventing fires from the National Fire Sprinkler Industry and the Dearborn Fire Department, as well as reacting when one is in your home.
- Having a smoke alarm is the first step toward fire safety. For as little as $5, this life-saving device gives you a warning to get out of the house.
- Instruct children to never touch matches, candles or lighters—and don't leave them alone with any out in a room.
- Don’t allow children to cook alone, and turn pot handles toward the center of the stove.
- Never hang anything on a lamp, heater, or radiator.
- Remind children to always let an adult know if there is any kind of smoke or fire in your house.
- Develop an escape plan as a family, and practice it several times so that all members of the household remember it. Draw each room of the house on a piece of paper and allow everyone to identify two ways out of each room.
- If there is a fire, get out fast. Check windows and doors to determine where the best exits are.
- Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire, as smoke rises and makes it difficult to see.