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Fire Prevention Parade set for Saturday morning

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Community

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Saturday morning, perhaps the city’s loudest parade will travel down Center Street. The Deer Park Fire Marshal’s Office and Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Dozens of different trucks, ambulances, ladders and other fire fighting vehicles from across the region are scheduled to participate.

The Deer Park Fire Marshal’s office will host the annual Fire Prevention Parade on Saturday beginning at Clyde Abshier Stadium at 10 a.m.

Dozens of fire apparatuses spanning decades have entered the parade including several kinds of equipment from the plants and various antique trucks. The parade ends at Fire Station 1 at the intersection of Center and Thirteenth streets.

Fire Marshal Buddy Rice said the parade highlights fire safety during Fire Prevention Week.

Consider this scenario: its 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family do not have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That is why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said Rice. “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. The Deer Park Fire Prevention Team is working in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages. Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.

In support of Fire Prevention Week, Fire Marshal Buddy Rice encourages all of the City of Deer Park households to develop a plan together and practice it. 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.

NFPA and the Deer Park Fire Prevention Team offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

• Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.


For more information about Fire Prevention Week activities in Deer Park, visit www.facebook.com/deerparktx.oem/ To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org.