The National Fire Protection Association and Mifflin Township Division of Fire is kicking off the 2019 Fire Prevention Week in conjunction with the theme "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!"

Mifflin Township spokesperson Melissa Rapp said families and residents in Gahanna and Mifflin Township are invited to attend Station 131's Firehouse Adventure Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the fire station located at 475 Rocky Fork Blvd. in Gahanna.

The event will include MedFlight One's medical air ambulance, a fire-rescue demonstrations, a visit from fire mascot Sparky the Fire Dog, activities for children and bounce houses.

Through educational and family-oriented activities, including a meet and greet with the township's firefighters, displays of emergency vehicles, and fire safety and CPR demonstrations, Rapp said, residents can learn more about fire prevention and safety.

"Situational awareness is critical to your safety wherever you go," said Fred Kauser, Mifflin Township's fire chief. "No matter where you are, take a look around you, take note of available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately."

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the fire department is joining forces with the NFPA to promote Fire Prevention Week, Sunday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 12, with a focus on small but important actions people can take to stay safe.

While this year's theme focuses on home fires, the messages apply to virtually any location.

The campaign highlights steps for escaping a fire:

* Plan an escape route

* Test smoke alarms

* Choose an outdoor meeting place

* Make a regular reminder to practice home fire drills

Rapp said Gahanna and Mifflin Township residents also should:

* Draw a map of their house with all members of the household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.

* Practice a home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in the residence, and practice using different ways out.

* Teach children how to escape on their own in case adults can't help them.

* Make sure the number of the house 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 outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building for anything.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week, visit fpw.org.

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