Look. Listen. and Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere, is the theme for the 2018 Fire Prevention Week, which is October 7-13. The theme was announced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global non-profit organization that works with local fire departments to promote fire safety.
The program focuses on three essential steps the public can take to reduce the possibility of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one.
City of Southlake Fire Prevention Officer Renni Burt takes another look at the call-to-action sequence and explains how residents can apply them.
LOOK-Look for places fire could start. “Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.”
LISTEN-Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. “You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.”
LEARN-Learn two ways out of every room. “Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter,” stated Burt.
The theme works to remind the public that fires can happen anywhere, anytime.
The city strives to educate the community by keeping them abreast of information and providing resources. Within the last week, city firefighters sported Home Depot aprons and made fire boats with local kids. “We want people to be aware all year and not just this week,” said Burt.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
The Southlake Departments of Public Safety are again participating in this year’s Christmas is for Children program and you can participate too. CIFC prides itself on providing a complete Holiday memory for children and families who otherwise would not have a holiday celebration. The goal is to fulfill each child’s Christmas wish list with something that they want, something that they need and something educational. Children need your generosity this year more than ever. How can you help? Just bring a new unwrapped toy or clothing for any age group from infant to teen, boy or girl and/or non-perishable food items to the lobby of either one of these DPS locations; 600 State Street (Fire Lobby) or 2100 West Southlake Boulevard (Lobby). Look for the large donation box to drop off your items. Some suggested food donations: spaghetti and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, pancake mix and syrup. You can also donate gift cards to stores like Target, Wal-Mart and Kroger. There are so many ways to help. To learn more go to ChristmasisForChildren.com.
The story behind “Christmas is for Children”
In 1991, two social workers answered letters to Santa Claus (found in New York’s “dead letter” box) from the children of four needy families and made their Christmas wishes come true. Since that time, Christmas is for Children have supported over 39,000 underprivileged children and their families. What makes Christmas is for Children unique is our approach to bestowing charity in a way that our beneficiaries retain their dignity, witnessing the true spirit of Christmas and the very best of humanity.
Christmas is for Children (CIFC) and the 12th Annual Food Drive form a non-profit organization [501(c)(3)] dedicated to providing all children with the love, care and joy that are revealed in the spirit of Christmas.
If you need additional information please contact Community Initiatives Officer Renni Burt at (817) 748-8349.