It’s Fire Prevention Week and as part of the festivities, a Parade of Sirens was held this morning.
Emergency response partners activated their sirens, horns and lights, but it wasn’t for an emergency. Instead, a motorcade of responder vehicles paraded through Agana Heights making their way down to Adelup.
The parade was followed by a proclamation signing at Adelup declaring October 4th through October 12th as Fire Prevention Week.
This year’s theme is “not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice your escape.”
The campaign centers around educating everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. According to firepreventionweek.org website, “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. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
Fire prevention stresses the importance of planning ahead for your escape, developing your home escape plan and practicing it today.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land according to nfpa.org.
Guam will kick off Fire Prevention Week on Oct. 5 with festivities at the Agana Shopping center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fire Prevention Week finale will be held at the Micronesia Mall on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.