Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Plainfield Fire Protection District:
Oct. 7 through 13 is Fire Prevention Week, which always coincides with the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8 and 9, 1871. Every year, the National Fire Protection Association determines a theme for Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme is “Have Two Ways Out!”
The Plainfield Fire Protection District urges everyone to participate in Fire Prevention Week by developing a home fire escape plan for your household using this year’s theme of “Have Two Ways Out!”
Fire officials offer the following safety tips:
- Since fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, it is crucial that your family develop and practice an escape plan.
- Your escape plan should include a diagram of your house showing every door and window that can be used as an exit in an emergency.
- Make sure everyone knows how to unlock and open the doors and windows.
- For upper levels have an escape ladder that is kept in one location that everyone is aware of in case you need to go out of an upper level window.
- Include in your escape plan who will help family members that cannot escape on their own such as infants or family members with disabilities.
- A family meeting place outside your home is also an important part of your escape plan. Pick a location outside the front of your home where everyone can meet and include this location on your diagram.
- 9-1-1 should be called once outside your home from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone.
The Plainfield Fire Protection District will host an open house for Fire Prevention Week from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Fire Station Two, 23806 W. 135th St.
Residents are invited to enjoy displays, safety information, demonstrations, raffle prizes and light refreshments.
For more information call the Plainfield Fire Protection District at 815-436-5335 or visit www.plainfieldfpd.com — or visit the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week website at www.fpw.org.