VICTORIA, Texas - The Victoria Fire Department will be partnering with the Victoria Public Library to offer fire prevention programs to help keep you, your family, your property and your neighborhood safe from the negative impacts of fire.
Fire prevention week is October 6th - 12th. "Not Every Hero Wears A Cape. Plan and practice your escape!" is this year's campaign, designed to educate the public about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Fire Safety Day on Thursday, October 10th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Activities will include the following:
- Fire Safety Tips and Demonstration from the Victoria Fire Department
- The VFD Fire Safety House
- Sparky the Fire Dog
- Fire Trucks and Ambulances to go inside
- Uniform Try On Station
- Edible Fire Truck Craft
While this event is geared towards children 6 and under, it is free and open to everyone of all ages.
Below are some helpful tips for your family to plan and practice escaping a home fire.
- Map it out - draw or map 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
- Smoke alarms - mark the location of all smoke alarms in your home on your map. There should be at least one smoke alarm on every level, in each bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.
- Meeting place - pick a meeting place outside the front of your home where everyone will meet after exiting.
- 911 - make sure everyone in your family knows how to call 911 from a mobile phone or a neighbors' phone once safely outside.
It's also recommended that you change home smoke alarm batteries in spring and fall. Residents should test smoke alarms once a month and change smoke alarm batteries routinely in the spring and fall when clocks are changed. Replacing a smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old is recommended.
Reminder: change your home smoke alarm batteries when daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 3 when clocks "fall back."
To learn more about fire prevention visit the Fire Prevention Week website.