One-third of U.S. households estimate they would have about six minutes to get out before a fire became life-threatening, according to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA.
"Unfortunately, the time available is often less," said county fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez. "That's why San Bernardino County Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, to encourage people to `Have Two Ways Out!'
"This year's theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice."
According to the NFPA, in 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home fires. These fires caused 13,350 injuries, 2,640 deaths, and $6.9 billion in damage.
"Nationwide, one residential structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010," said county Fire Chief Mark Hartwig. "Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family's safety should fire break out in your home."
The county Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote fire safety and to educate people on what to do in a fire.
"People can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice, as well as the power of prevention," Martinez said.
More information can be found at at sbcfire.org.
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