New Haven/Berger Fire Department takes part in National Fire Prevention Week

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New Haven, Mo. – The New Haven/Berger Fire Department (NHBFD) will once again participate in National Fire Prevention Week.(Oct. 7 - Oct. 13)

For over 20 years the NHBFD has joined fire departments from across the United States in promoting fire safety within their communities.

The non-profit fire safety organization is reminding the public to, “Have 2 Ways Out”, the theme for this year’s effort which focuses on the importance of having multiple escape routes in the event of a fire.  Click here for tips and reminders of actions parents should take within their homes as well as what to tell their children.

One of several ways the NHBFD help educate students on fire safety is through a coloring contest between students at both R-II and New Haven Elementary.  Students must design their posters based on the theme of “Have 2 Ways Out”, the posters are then judged by New Haven/Berger’s auxiliary

“Less than 25 percent of American households have developed and practiced a fire escape plan to be prepared in the event of a real emergency,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Communications. “Having a plan and knowing what to do can make the difference between getting out safely and quickly or not.”

Firefighters with the department also conduct fire drills at each school, including New Haven High School as well as both preschools.  They also time to see how long it takes for everyone to be evacuated as well as account for every student that would have been in the building at the time of the drill.

Firefighters then inspect each building, insuring that their fire alarm system is working properly.

For additional information and resources click here to visit the NFPA website.