Are you prepared for emergency?

Today marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week. The city of Dunkirk Fire Department, along with members of the Fire Service across the nation promote the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. During this past week, we have educated all elementary students in the Dunkirk School District about the dangers of fire and how to be prepared in case of a fire.

The key topics of home fire safety include the importance of smoke detectors and what to do if a smoke detector sounds, making an escape plan and practicing their escape plan by having fire drills at home.

The city of Dunkirk Fire Department strongly urges the public to test their smoke detectors and change their batteries if needed. All members of the household are urged to create an escape plan from their residence.

The escape plan should consist of two designated escape routes from every room in the residence and a safe meeting place to assemble outside of the residence.

Lastly, it is strongly recommended that all family members practice their escape plan by having a fire drill.

We encourage you to practice fire safety every day. Make it a habit to check your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries every six months.

For additional information regarding smoke alarms, escape plans,fire drills in the home and any other safety tips please visit www.firepreventionweek.org or www.usfa.fema.gov . Residents can also contact the Dunkirk Fire Department for more information at 366-2577.

Gary Katta is captain of the Dunkirk Fire Department.

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