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Every Second Counts: Fire Prevention Week Around Bergen County

Hackensack Leitenant Mike Oates with his children, who attend the Fairmount School. Firefighters on Monday visited Fairmount, where they made a presentation and let the students try on their bunker gear.
Hackensack Leitenant Mike Oates with his children, who attend the Fairmount School. Firefighters on Monday visited Fairmount, where they made a presentation and let the students try on their bunker gear. Photo Credit: HFD
Wood-Ridge firefighters visited a local daycare.
Wood-Ridge firefighters visited a local daycare. Photo Credit: WRFD
The Fort Lee Safety House makes a presentation in Edgewater.
The Fort Lee Safety House makes a presentation in Edgewater. Photo Credit: Edgewater Fire Department
The Little Ferry Hook and Ladder Co. suggests investing in an escape ladder.
The Little Ferry Hook and Ladder Co. suggests investing in an escape ladder. Photo Credit: LFHL
A New Milford girl operates a fire hose with assistance from a firefighter.
A New Milford girl operates a fire hose with assistance from a firefighter. Photo Credit: NMFD
"9-1-1, what's your emergency?"
"9-1-1, what's your emergency?" Photo Credit: NMFD
Quick response from a young Mahwah firefighter.
Quick response from a young Mahwah firefighter. Photo Credit: MFD
Fire hose fun in Mahwah.
Fire hose fun in Mahwah. Photo Credit: MFD
Police details were in place.
Police details were in place. Photo Credit: MFD

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — The National Fire Protection Association's annual Fire Prevention Week is officially under way, and Bergen County fire departments are spreading awareness.

Firefighters are familiarizing themselves with the community, and teaching children what they can do at school and at home in the event of a fire.

This year's theme is "Every Second Counts — Plan Two Ways to Get Out," which reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

These are the key campaign messages:

  • FPW 2017 Escape Plan GridDraw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

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