Margate Fire Department
"Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™"
We are joining the NFPA® in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW). This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on an early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
PLANNING and PRACTICE
As important as it is to have a fire escape plan, it is equally as important to practice your plan. When a smoke alarm sounds, everyone needs to know the fire escape plan and know what to do in case of a fire.
Have a plan that is designed for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Have a plan in place to provide them with the assistance they might need.
ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
IMPORTANCE OF FIRE SAFETY
The video below will provide your family with information on how to be prepared in case of a fire. Take a minute to see how easy it can be to prepare and practice your fire escape plan.
Margate Fire Department is dedicate to providing emergency healthcare services, fire protection and inspection services to the residents and visitors to the city of Margate. Along with these services we provide public education and prevention practices, disaster preparedness and recovery assistance that solidify our high level of public safety.
Margate Fire Department holds an ISO Class 1 rating for fire protection from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The ratings calculate how efficient and effective they are at mitigating hazards in the community they serve.
An ISO Class 1 rating is achieved by less than 1% of all fire departments nationwide.
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