McKinney Mayor George Fuller proclaims October as Fire Prevention Month in McKinney

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has designated Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week promoting the theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” In observance of Fire Prevention Week, the McKinney Fire Department recognizes the entire month by making appearances in schools and public events throughout October to educate citizens on fire prevention and safety tips.

In the event of a fire, every second counts. It can mean the difference between someone escaping safely from a fire or having a life end in tragedy. The message “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” reinforces the importance of why everyone needs to have an escape plan that shows two ways out of every room.

MFD recommends the following key safety messages:

  • Together with all members of your household draw a map of your home, 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. Everyone in your home needs to participate and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the address number of your home is clearly marked and easy for MFD to identify.
  • Close doors behind you as you exit your home – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside! Never go back into a burning building.

“While 71 percent of Americans have an escape plan in case of fire, only 47% of those have practiced it,” said Mike Smith, McKinney Fire Marshal. “Fire Prevention Week is a great time for us to remind McKinney citizens that planning ahead will save valuable minutes in case of a fire.”

L-R: Chief Danny Kistner, Assistance Chief Chris Lowry, Deputy Fire Marshal Andrew Barr, Graduate Fire Protection Engineer Chad Nester, Fire Marshal Mike Smith.  

For more information on fire and life safety issues, visit www.mckinneyfire.org or www.nfpa.org.