This Sunday, the Honesdale Fire Department will start Fire Prevention Week with the theme "Have Two Ways Out."
Knowing the exits in your home and keeping them accessible is so important to saving lives.
When a fire is in a home, confusion can happen because smoke can be so think that finding an exit is difficult for adults and children.
On Sunday evening, the Honesdale Fire Department along with other area companies, will start a procession at Engine #3 station on North MainStreet at 5:45 p.m.
They will then proceed down Main Street to 8th Street, down Church Street and then to the Honesdale Presbyterian Church where a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m.
All families and friends of the community are invited to attend the service honoring all past and present fire company members.
The following events will be happening throughout Fire Prevention Week.
Programs are as follows:
• Monday — Lakeside Elementary School.
• Tuesday — Stourbridge Primary Center and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Central Park for a display and fire truck rides with Smokey the Bear.
• Wednesday — 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Central Park for a display and fire truck rides with Smokey the Bear.
Individual companies will be scheduling fire prevention programs at area day care centers at throughout the week.
Persons are also encouraged to install smoke alarms and test them monthly to make sure they are working properly. Also, make sure all doors and windows open easily.
Here are some facts about planning an escape from a fire:
• According to a National Fire Protection Association survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
• Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half actually practiced it.
• One-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8 percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
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• Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
• Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
• In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92 percent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77 percent of the time.
Here are some facts about cooking-related fires:
• Cooking has been the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries since 1990. Unattended cooking was by far the leading cause of these fires; two-thirds of home cooking fires began with ignition of cooking materials, including food, cooking oil, fat or grease.
• Cooking caused two of every five (42 percent) of reported home fires, roughly one of every seven (15 percent) home fire deaths, and two of every five (37 percent) home fire injuries, and 11 percent of direct property damage from home fires in 2010.
• Ranges accounted for the 58 percent of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16 percent.
• Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.
* Ninety percent of burns associated with cooking equipment resulted from contact with hot equipment or some other non-fire source.
For more information, visit nfpa.org.