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City of Missouri City
News Release
Monday, October 09, 2017

Fire Prevention Week Is Today Through Friday (Oct. 8-14);
2017 Theme is “Every Second Counts. Plan 2 Ways Out”

Fire Prevention Week started Sunday, Oct. 8 and runs through Friday, Oct. 14. The 2017 theme is: “Every Second Counts. Plan 2 Ways Out”.

Continuing its goal to save lives with safety-first programs, Missouri City’s Fire & Rescue Services is “proud to partner with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind residents that fires are unpredictable and move faster than most people realize,” said Fire Chief Eugene Campbell Jr. “Creating and practicing a plan that includes two escape routes is essential to ensuring your family’s survival should a blaze break out in your home,” added Campbell, whose team was recently presented with a City Council Proclamation to recognize the effort.

Nationwide, fire departments responded to 1,345,500 fires in the United States in 2015, according to the NFPA. These incidents resulted in 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 citizen injuries and $14.3 billion in property damages.

To help save citizens’ lives and protect area property, MCFRS provides a free “Home Fire Safety Survey” for residents. The program identifies potential risks that may exist in homes and offers residents lifesaving solutions. There is no enforcement component of the program. To schedule a survey, residents may call 281.403.4300.

“We are committed to keeping our City safe,” Chief Campbell said, advising that residents follow these guidelines to make every second count when planning two ways out of their homes in the event of an emergency:

  • Make a map of your home; mark a door and a window that may be used to get out of every room
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home; draw a picture of the place on your escape plan
  • Write the emergency telephone number—911—for the Fire & Rescue Services on your escape plan
  • Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

Ensure a smoke alarm is installed on each level of your home and inside each bedroom.

Check your smoke alarms and test them monthly. Replace any alarm that has been painted over.

Change the batteries of your smoke alarms when you change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time (Sunday, Nov. 5)

To learn more about MCFRS prevention initiatives, visit the City website:

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Remembering Jim Guidry

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