A message from Vice President Rich Frasco
Fire Prevention Education, are you hitting all of the audiences?
most fire departments spend the month of October each year with fire prevention
open houses, details at schools, coloring contests and similar activities. Some
spread it out over the year, and are
involved with activities such as replacing smoke alarms in housing for the
elderly, doing free residential smoke alarm checks, handing out literature
during fund drives and so on.
how many times does you fire department or fire prevention personnel go into
the local supermarket, home improvement store, senior complex or office
building? Per the 2010 NYS Fire Code
Section 404, certain occupancies are required to have fire evacuation and
safety plans available on site, and staff have to be trained on them. Just imagine
how bad it may be, if your local
big box have everything store were to have a fire near the front. How many individuals
in there would know
where to go to get out? And more
important, do the staff know what to do to ensure everyone is out?
plans do not take a rocket scientist to develop, only some common sense and
thought. Your local fire inspectors
should and most times will look at these during their inspection. But depending
on the type of business, or
occupancy it may only be once every 3 years.
Imagine how much help your department may be in identifying possible
issues before they cost a life, like obstructed or locked means of egress,
blocked or missing fire extinguishers, non-functioning exit signs or hazards
with combustible storage. It is also a
dynamite chance to get to know your local merchants, and see the layout of the
store if an emergency should arise BEFORE it happens. Get to know your
local code official or fire
inspector. They can be a great resource
for your department, and you for them. Remember,
you are all not only first responders, but also FIRST PREVENTERS.
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