Fire Escape Planning Contest
Firefighters know better than anyone that the best way to keep families safe from home fires is with working smoke alarms and a practiced fire escape plan. Every year, firefighters put their money where their mouths are and sponsor ice cream parties for the classroom at each school with the highest return rate of correctly executed escape plans. We’re posting the contest directions and an escape planning grid here. Firefighters have pitched in to buy special prizes for every single scanned and returned plan. And, from the pool of correctly executed plans, we’ll randomly draw the names of five lucky participants to receive nice gift certificates for treats from local businesses.
Here are some more resources to help you make your safe escape!
- Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape from the National Fire Protection Association
- Make and Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Every second counts: Plan 2 ways out from U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
- Cada segundo cuenta: Plan de 2 salidas from USFA
Working smoke alarms are the foundation of a safe escape, sounding an early warning so occupants can activate their plan. Learn more about smoke alarms at the following links.
- Smoke alarm tip sheet from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Smoke alarm videos for adults and for children from the NFPA
- Installing and maintaining smoke alarms from the NFPA
- Need assistance installing alarms or changing out batteries in existing units? Read more about how we can help, and contact us; we might be able to help!
And, while we’re on the subject … did you know that when fire breaks out, closed doors will slow or stop its spread? Close before you doze! Find out more in this video demonstration from Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Some teachers have assigned the escape plan activity as homework, but every family can participate by submitting their plans directly to NKF&R via email no later than November 14.