PLYMOUTH – Local firefighters are urging families to be prepared in case of a fire and to practice during their community fire drill, “Operation E.D.I.T.H.” on Oct. 8.
National Fire Prevention week is the week of Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. The community fire drill, Operation E.D.I.T.H., which stands for “Exit Drill In The Home” will be held at 7 p.m. in participating households.
Tony Orsini, health and safety officer with the Terryville Fire Department, said that, due to covid-19, two other fire prevention week events – the Adam's Hometown Market Fire Prevention Saturday Program and the Terryville Fire Department's preschool through grade 5 fire safety program had to be canceled. However, the fire department is still urging residents to participate in “Operation E.D.I.T.H.”
“On Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. our community fire drill will begin,” he said. “We strongly urge you and your family to actually practice an exit drill in the home at this time. This is also an excellent opportunity for you to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.”
At the start of the drill, everyone in the home is in their bedroom with the doors closed. Then, at 7 p.m., someone in the household will sound the alarm. Each person in their room will test their door for heat and pretend it is hot. They should then use an alternate exit route to the outside. Once outside, everyone will meet at a pre-arranged meeting place and make sure that all family members are accounted for.
“In the event of a fire at your home, get out as quickly as possible,” said Orsini. “Once you’re out, stay out. Have your family members meet outside at your pre-arranged meeting place. Then, to call the fire department, dial 911.”
Orsini said that after residents complete the exit drill, they should leave their front door light or lamp on for 30 minutes so that firefighters riding in fire apparatus and touring town roads can determine the number of households participating.
Orsini also provided the following fire safety tips:
. Install smoke alarms and replace the battery at least once per year.
. Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms.
. Plan two escape routes from every room in your home.
. Have your chimney cleaned and checked at least once a year, especially if you use your fire place or a wood-burning oven.
. Never leave candles burning unattended.
. Be prepared for emergencies. Create an emergency supplies kit. To find out what you need in an emergency supplies kit, visit ready.gov.
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