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Firefighters will visit the area elementary schools and hold an open house at the main station.

It's 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? In their recent press release, Molalla Fire District asks the community to consider this very scenario.

The Molalla Fire District is working with the National Fire Protection Association, the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to bring fire planning and safety education to the community through Fire Prevention Week, which takes place on Oct. 8-14.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Sparky the Fire Dog visited Molalla's elementary schools last year. This year's Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14.

During the week, Molalla firefighters will be visiting area elementary schools to teach on this year's theme: "every second counts: plan 2 ways out!" Their schedule is as follows.

10/06/2017 Molalla Elementary

10/10/2017 Renaissance Academy

10/11/2017 Rural Dell Elementary

10/11/2017 Molalla River Academy

10/12/2017 Mulino Elementary

10/12/2017 Country Christian

This year's theme is based on the fact that in a typical home fire, people may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That's why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation, per the release.

"Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory," said Rob Boren, a firefighter/paramedic in Molalla. "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."

Fire Chief Vince Stafford encourages all Molalla, Mulino and surrounding households to develop a plan together and practice it. A good plan includes working smoke alarms in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas, two ways out of every room, and a clear path to an outside meeting place.

"Home escape planning is one of the most basic but fundamental elements of home fire safety, and can truly make the difference between life and death in a fire situation," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of outreach and advocacy.

Here are some additional tips for a good escape plan, courtesy of NFPA and the Molalla Fire District.

  • 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.
  • PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Sparky the Fire Dog gives out hugs during last year's Fire Prevention Week.

    To finish off Fire Prevention Week, the fire department will also hold an open house at Molalla Fire District main station on Oct. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include engine rides, a bicycle safety course, mini helicopter ride from Life Flight Network, Sparky the Fire Dog and more.


    Kristen Wohlers
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