CCFR emphasizes escape plan, smoke detectors in Fire Prevention Month

Firefighters Krista Telnes, right, and Dave Edmunds of Capital City Fire/Rescue washdown foam leftover from their airport rescue firefighting skills training at the Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center on Thursday, April 13, 2017. October is Fire Prevention Month in Alaska, and CCFR will offer tours of their facilities. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau residents young and old are invited to learn more about fire safety this month with Capital City Fire/Rescue.

 

October 2017 is Fire Prevention Month, as Gov. Bill Walker signed into effect just last week. CCFR will visit several Juneau schools to talk about fire prevention, and will open the fire station up for tours to a variety of age groups.

CCFR Fire Marshal Dan Jager said prior planning can keep people safe in case of a fire.

“Everyone should have an escape plan and know at least two ways out of their home in case of a fire,” Jager said in a release. “And to take that a step further, you should practice those escape plans in the day time and night time as it can be very different at night when there is no daylight to help with visibility.”

Having and testing smoke alarms are also highly recommended, as early detection can help emergency workers arrive on the scene as quickly as possible. CCFR also is looking to remind people to have their chimney cleaned by a professional or clean it themselves by borrowing equipment from the fire department. Boilers should be serviced once a year by a professional as well, CCFR says.

The issue of fire safety is on the forefront of many minds in Juneau, with a fire in September claiming two lives and the fire department appealing to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly soon afterward saying the department is understaffed.

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