National Fire Prevention Week kicks off

OCEAN CITY, Md. – This week marks Fire Prevention Week across the country. Here at home, local fire departments are working on educating people on fire safety.

In Ocean City, the fire department is gearing up to visit schools and teach kids about how to identify a fire and what to do to safely escape one. “Due to COVID-19 still being a real thing, and having to mitigate that with our school system, we’re actually doing our Fire Prevention Week a little bit later in the month of October, where we will actually have an outside program,” said Ryan Whittington with Ocean City Fire Department.

But it’s not just about the kids. Fire officials are also reminding adults to stay prepared in the event of a fire. Whittington says it can happen to anyone, even if you think it won’t happen to you. “We have to take fire prevention seriously. You have to spend time with your family, even if you don’t have young kids. As a married couple, as a dating couple that may be living together, go over your fire escape plan,” said Whittington. “We want to make sure that folks check their smoke alarms and that they work. If they are older than ten years of age, they have a greater chance of failing. Contact your local fire department.”

Besides having an escape plan and working fire detectors, you should also have a designated meeting spot. That’s where you’ll meet up with your loved ones after escaping a fire. For more information on fire preparedness and prevention, click here.

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