Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 10, fire departments around the nation as well as Winneshiek and surrounding counties will hold Operation EDITH or Exit Drills in the Home.
This week national, state and local Fire agencies come together to spread
the word about Fire Safety. This year the national slogan for Fire
Prevention week is "Have 2 ways out"
All local residents as well as visitors should plan their escape from their homes, business and gathering places in the case of a fire.
The Decorah Fire Department, along with the area fire departments will sound the Fire whistle at 6 p.m. and residents should take 5-10 minutes with their family to discuss
and practice exiting their homes, as if it was on fire. Once you have
completed your fire drill please turn on your porch light to indicate you
practiced the fire drill tonight or will practice it this week.
Decorah Fire Dept. will canvas the city of Decorah looking for Porch lights
that are lit indicating you practiced your fire drill or have plans
to practice it this week. We encourage children to look for the fire trucks
as they will stop and the fire fighters will hand out fire prevention
material and souvenirs from the fire dept.
Only 33 percent of American households have
actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they
could escape quickly and safely.
A recent survey found that most Americans
believe they have at least 6 minutes to get out of the house once the fire
alarm was activated. However in a typical wastebasket container fire in
smoke travels to the second floor of a two story
home in less than two minutes. In 3 minutes the temperature in the room where the fire started
reaches 500 degrees and at this point no one can survive the fire.