Fort McCoy Fire Department will hold its second annual Fire Prevention
Week Open House Wednesday, Oct. 8 as part of National Fire Prevention
Week from Oct. 5-11.
of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to attend the open house from
11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fire Station 1, building 1680.
activities will include station tours, a static display of
firefighting equipment, hands-on fire extinguisher training, a
jaws-of-life demonstration, and fire prevention literature will be
available. A light lunch of hot dogs, potato chips and punch will be
October, each directorate/activity also must conduct a fire evacuation
drill of all buildings during normal hours of operation.
fire alarms in each building can be sounded for the drill, if desired.
Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Prevention Office also has put
together a presentation that can be incorporated into the monthly
safety meetings. A 15-minute video entitled "How to Prevent Home
Fires," highlights the 2008 Prevention Week Theme of "Itís
Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires."
the video covers include: kitchen and cooking safety; space heaters,
fire places and furnaces; electrical outlets, extension cords and
light bulbs; flammable liquids; smoking safety; candles; smoke alarms
and escape plans.
schedule a fire alarm or for a fire safety message, personnel can call
Curt Ladwig, Fort McCoy fire inspector, at (608) 388-4077.
said the week also is an excellent opportunity to take time to
develop, review or refine fire safety/escape plans at home.
alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including the
basement, attic and near sleeping areas. Each detector should be
tested monthly, with batteries replaced as necessary or every six
months, whichever comes first.
home should be equipped with at least one fire extinguisher. The
extinguisher should be stored in an easy-to-get- at location and
checked once a month to ensure it is fully charged and operational.
sleeping areas on the second floor should have an escape ladder.
floor plans should identify two ways out of each room. The plan should
be posted in a prominent place where family members can become
familiar with it. The escape plan should be practiced on a regular
sleep with bedroom doors shut. This can help prevent fire and smoke
from rushing into a bedroom and gives occupants extra time to escape
in case of fire.
purchasing flashlights for each bedroom to be used in case of
emergency if the lights go out.