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Lafayette Fire Department to participate in National Fire Prevention Week

Courtesy National Fire Protection Association
Posted at 7:22 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 20:23:05-04

Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday, October 6, and the Lafayette Fire Department is planning several events to promote the cause.

The Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to promote this year's campaign.

The slogan for 2019 is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!"

The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.

"These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. "In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While NFPA and the Lafayette Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

"Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go," said Fire Chief Robert Benoit. "No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately."

The Lafayette Fire Department's planned events for Fire Prevention Week are:

- Fire Prevention Week Mass, Sunday, October 6 at 9 a.m. at St. John's Cathedral (515 Cathedral St.)

- Fire Prevention Week Poster Coloring and Essay Contest Award Ceremony, Sunday, October 6 at 1 p.m. at Robichaux Center (1919 Eraste Landry Road).

Zonta Club of Lafayette is partnering once again with the Fire Department and will judge the essays at the contest.

- Fire safety classes to kids K-1st, Monday, October 7 through Friday, October 18, at the Central Fire Station (300 E. Vermiliion St.). Classes are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Lafayette, please contact the Lafayette Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau at 337-291-8704.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Lafayette, please contact the Lafayette Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau at 337-291-8704.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, click here.