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Fire Prevention Week is a Reminder that “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Post Date:10/04/2017

Image of Firefighters Battling FireAs people across the nation observe National Fire Prevention Week, October 8 through 14, Hillsboro community members are urged to take this time for home escape planning.

To kick off National Fire Prevention Week, the Hillsboro Fire Department will be at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza in Downtown Hillsboro during the Saturday Farmers' Market on October 7. Fire Department employee will share fire safety information and distribute home escape planning materials. Visitors will also have an opportunity to tour a fire engine. The market runs from 9 am to 1 pm.

“Every week is dedicated to fire prevention in the fire service, but Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to reach out to the community and empower the citizens to have a hand in preventing home fires and protecting their families,” said Hillsboro Fire Department Chief David Downey.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”, is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

This year’s key campaign messages are:

  • Draw a map of your home 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.
  • 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.

To download an escape planning grid (PDF) and learn more about developing you home escape plan, visit

Fire Prevention Week is observed nationally each year during the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, known for killing 250 people and destroying a large part of the city on October 9, 1871. Oregon fire departments statewide sponsor Fire Prevention Week activities in their communities.

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