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Norman Fire Department reminds residents to be prepared with National Fire Prevention Week

The City of Norman Fire Department seeks to remind residents to always be prepared for the event of a fire through an emphasis on fire prevention with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday. 
The latest statistics from NFPA show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.” Fire Prevention Week takes place Oct. 7-13. 
Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:
Look for places fire can start
for the sound of the smoke alarm
Learn two ways out of each room
“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA and NFD continue to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1000 home fires reported to the fire department) was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.
“Most people have it in the back of their mind that they need to make a fire escape plan or check their smoke detectors but too often don’t get around to doing it,” said Norman Fire Department Chief Travis King. “We want to bring fire prevention back to the forefront of residents’ minds. We hope this is the reminder they need to take action to keep their homes and their families safe.” 
For more information on how to help protect your home against fire contact the Norman Fire Department at 405-292-9780. 

The City of Norman Fire Department seeks to remind residents to always be prepared for the event of a fire through an emphasis on fire prevention with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday. 


The latest statistics from NFPA show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.” Fire Prevention Week takes place Oct. 7-13. 


Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:

  • Look for places fire can start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of each room


“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”


This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA and NFD continue to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1000 home fires reported to the fire department) was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.


“Most people have it in the back of their mind that they need to make a fire escape plan or check their smoke detectors but too often don’t get around to doing it,” said Norman Fire Department Chief Travis King. “We want to bring fire prevention back to the forefront of residents’ minds. We hope this is the reminder they need to take action to keep their homes and their families safe.” 


For more information on how to help protect your home against fire contact the Norman Fire Department at 405-292-9780.