The Sleepy Eye Fire Department will be celebrating Fire Prevention Week with an open house at the fire station on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. The evening will include fire station tours, displays, demonstrations, door prizes and a meal.
The annual Operation EDITH (Exit Drill In The Home) will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday as well. Residents are invited to participate by practicing fire drills in their homes and also deciding on a meeting place outside the home. They can also show their support by turning on outside lights. Trucks will be driven around town with lights and sirens activated.
This year’s theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home by grid (available on NFPA site http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week) 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.
Brown Co. Sheriff Press Release
On 09-07-2017, at 0315 hours, Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire at 31474 185th Street Sleepy Eye, MN 56085. The house was determined to be abandoned. Sleepy Eye Fire Department, Comfrey Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, and State Fire Marshal assisted at the scene. The cause of fire is suspected to be a result of arson and remains under investigation.
If you have any information relating to this case, call the ARSON hotline at 1-800-723-2020 or the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 1-507-233-6700.