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Be Your Family’s Hero – Enter to Win $500 in the Home Fire Escape Plan Contest!

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Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!

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September 10, 2019 – The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (Fire Foundation) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!
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NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 deaths and 10,600 injuries. Seven people died every day in a house fire in our country during 2012-2016.

“To help prevent this tragedy from happening in San Diego, beginning today and through September 29, the Fire Foundation is sponsoring a contest to encourage our residents to develop and practice their own home fire escape plan,” said Joan Jones, Fire Foundation Executive Director. Two $500 prizes will be awarded during Fire Prevention Week: One for someone 13 years old or under, and one for someone 14 and over.

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation Home Fire Escape Plan Contest eligibility rules, winner selection, instructions, a sample plan, and forms to use to develop your plan can be found on our website at www.sdfirefoundation.org.

Be your family’s hero – prepare and practice your home fire escape plan. “Fire Prevention Week is a good time to remind people that the two most important factors in preventing a tragic house fire are: 1. Have fire / smoke alarms that work – don’t forget to change the batteries-, and 2. Have a home fire escape plan,” said Frank Ault, Fire Foundation Board Chairman.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely. Escape planning and practice is essential in ensuring everyone gets out of a burning house safely; yet only one in three American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

All families in San Diego County are encouraged to create a home fire escape plan…and the Fire Foundation contest winners will get rewarded for it, too!

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The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was formed in 1989 with a mission to improve the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County by providing financial support for first-responder equipment and training, by increasing public awareness, and by facilitating cooperation between cities, fire departments, county agencies, corporations, and other foundations. We are the only fire foundation that supports the entire county: 29 fire agencies with 250 fire stations.