Denver Fire Department encourages residents to create and practice home fire escape plans in light of recent fires

DENVER – In light of the recent increase in home fires across the Denver Metro Area the Denver Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors and to create and practice home fire escape plans. According to NFPA statistics three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. “We can’t emphasize enough the importance of working smoke detectors in the areas of the home where people sleep,” said Denver Fire Chief, Eric Tade. “The fact has been proven time and time again, smoke detectors save lives.”

Equally as important as early detection is a well-practiced home fire escape plan. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving just moments to safely escape once the alarm sounds. Ensuring everyone in your household understands the escape plan is critically important. “Establish an escape plan that includes multiple ways to safely evacuate your home,” said Lieutenant Debra Thorson, Fire Life Safety Educator for the Denver Fire Department. “Keep in mind a fire could break out anywhere in the home blocking primary entry and exit points.” In the event you are unable to self-evacuate close the door of the room you are in, place an article of clothing, a blanket or towel under the door to hold smoke at bay. Move to a window and work to gain the attention of firefighters. The primary cause of death in a home fire is smoke inhalation.

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About the Denver Fire Department: Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve; respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. The Denver Fire Department is on Facebook (DenverFireDepartmentCO) and Twitter (@Denver_Fire).

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