PLYMOUTH â€“ The Terryville Fire Departmentâ€™s annual community fire drill was â€śa tremendous success,â€ť according to Captain Tony Orsini, the departmentâ€™s health and safety officer.
The fire drill, known as Operation EDITH (Exit Drill In The Home), took place Oct. 12, as part of the fire departmentâ€™s activities for Fire Prevention Week. Families were urged to practice how they would evacuate their homes in the event of a fire and to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
After completing the drill, participants were asked to leave their front door light on for 30 minutes so that firefighters could determine the number of households that participated.
â€śIt was reported by the TFD firefighters, who were touring town roads, that the participation by the residents in Operation E.D.I.T.H. was very good,â€ť Orsini said. â€śIt was reported that 2,141 households participated in conducting a home fire drill.â€ť
â€śIt is extremely important for all family members in a household to know what to do in the event of a fire. Prior planning is the key to fire safety in the home. The goal of the Terryville Fire Department is to educate the residents of our community about the life saving value of having a fire escape plan from their home,â€ť he continued.
Orsini said a home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that is a safe distance from the home.
The fire department lists the three basic steps for home fire safety as follows:
1. In the event of a fire get out as quickly as possible. Once out stay out.
2. Have family members meet outside at a prearranged meeting place.
3. Dial 911 to call the fire department.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.