It’s Fire Prevention Week and this year, as usual, we can count on the Terryville Fire Department to take the lead in raising awareness.
Firefighters are planning a community fire drill, which they are calling Operation EDITH (Exit Drill In The Home), on Thursday, Oct. 12.
As the Bristol Press told us Monday, it will begin at 7 p.m., when families are urged to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and to practice how they would evacuate their homes in the event of a fire.
And, while many of our readers don’t live in Terryville, it’s a good reminder for all of us to make sure that every house is equipped with working smoke alarms and that every family member knows what to do if fire breaks out.
Many school systems also use this week to teach our kids what to do - and sometimes they come home and remind us of the important steps to take.
This year’s lesson, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, is: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” They recommend holding a family fire drill twice a year and teaching children to find their own way out - in case Mom and Dad can’t help.
The main point is that everyone get out of the house as quickly as possible and, once out, never go back inside a burning building.
Then, of course, call 911 to alert the fire department that help is needed.
We hope- and we’re sure the Terryville Fire Department does, too, - that your family will never have to put these plans into action. But - just in case -knowing what to do could save a life.