Sharp spike in brush fires | Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety
October 9, 2012 · Updated 11:01 AM
Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety Oct. 1-7
Emergency Medical Services: 31
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1
Hazardous Conditions: 2
Service Calls: 4
Good Intent Calls: 8
False Alarm and False Calls: 5
October 7-13 is Fire Prevention week. MVFLS responded to seven brush fires the past two weeks; comparatively there were no brush fires this same time last year.
Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety encourages everyone to Have 2 Ways Out.
It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds.
What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames?
That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan.
This year’s theme, “Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. For more information go to the National Fire Protection Association website: http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1203&itemID=28255&URL=Safety%20Information/Fire%20Prevention%20Week/Fast%20facts%20about%20fire
There is a Statewide burn bann in effect until midnight Oct. 15.
All outdoor burning is prohibited; due to the continued dry weather fire danger remains high.
These conditions continue to pose a risk and potential concern for many of our communities.
It is important to have a plan in place if you had to evacuate your home due to an urban wildfire. Determine your family’s ability to respond.
- Are roads leading to your property clearly marked?
- Are access roads/driveways wide enough to allow firefighting equipment to get through? Is your home number visible from the roadside?
Evacuation may be the only way to protect your family in an urban wildfire.
Know where to go and what to bring with you.
You should plan several escape routes in case roads are blocked by fire. To learn how you can protect your home and community go to:www.firewise.org.