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City of Woodland Fire Department 1000 Lincoln Ave. Woodland, CA 95695 Phone: 530-661-5860 Fax: 530-662-5781
(Woodland, CA) – On Saturday, October 5th from 9am to 11am, Woodland Station 2 will open their doors to the public for an Open House. Serving as the kick-off to Fire Prevention Week, which begins on October 6th and runs through October 12th, the Woodland Fire Department will be providing station tours and important safety information with free educational materials, demonstrations, and interactive safety lessons. Every year since 1922, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recognizes Fire Prevention Week by establishing a new theme. This year, the theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” Nearly 40% of all fires that Woodland firefighters respond to occur in the home. Homes today are built with lightweight materials that burn faster than older home constructions. Many products and furnishings produce toxic gases and smoke when burned, making it impossible to see and breathe within moments. These conditions contribute to a much smaller window of time for people to escape a home fire safely, with people having as little as one to two minutes to escape from the time the alarm sounds. A home fire escape plan provides the skillset to quickly and safely escape a home fire situation. A home fire escape plan includes two exits from every room in the home; a path to the outside from each exit; smoke alarms in all required locations; and a meeting place outside where everyone in the home will gather upon exiting. All members of the household should develop home fire escape plans. Practicing a home fire escape plan twice a year ensures that everyone in the household knows what to do in a real fire situation.
“As part of our Community Risk Reduction identity, our Department recognizes the importance of fire safety; the worth of having functioning smoke alarms in the home and the life-saving significance of a home escape plan.” states Emily Richter, Fire Marshal of the Woodland Fire Department. “Fire Prevention Week has been a long-standing tradition in Woodland, and we look forward to the opportunity to meet the members our community in an interactive learning environment.” For more information about the Fire Open House and other home safety tips, visit woodlandfire.org.