Mifflin Township Kicks off Fire Prevention Week with Firehouse Adventure Day, Sunday, Oct. 6

Mifflin Township Division of Fire is kicking off the 2019 Fire Prevention Week, in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association's® campaign,Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!

Families and residents in Gahanna and Mifflin Township are invited to attend Station 131's Firehouse Adventure Day featuring MedFlight One's medical air ambulance, fire rescue demonstrations, a visit from fire mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, activities for the kids, bounce houses, among other festivities on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. at fire station located at 475 Rocky Fork Blvd. in Gahanna.

NFPA® statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.  

Home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety. In a typical home fire, residents may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help to make the most of the precious time available, giving everyone  time to get out.

Through educational, family-oriented activities, such as meet and greet with the township’s firefighters, displays of emergency vehicles, and fire safety and CPR demonstrations, Gahanna and Mifflin Township residents can learn more about fire prevention and safety.

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Mifflin Township Division of Fire is joining forces with the NFPA® to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. While this year's theme focuses on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

“Situational awareness is critical to your safety wherever you go,” said Mifflin Fire Chief Fred Kauser. “No matter where you are, take a look around you, take note of available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.

This year’s “Plan your Escape!” campaign highlights five steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Plan your escape route.
  • Test your smoke alarms.
  • Choose an outdoor meeting place. 
  • Make a regular reminder. 
  • Practice home fire drills. 
Gahanna and Mifflin Township residents should:

  • 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.
  • 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 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 the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building for anything.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org

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Please note: The arrival and/or participation of MedFlight One in the Open House activities can be impacted by emergency runs, weather or both.