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San Diego Teens Each Win $500 in our Home Fire Escape Plan Contest

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

We teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) campaign by sponsoring a contest that encouraged County residents to develop and practice their own home fire escape plans. Two winners, an 8th grader and a high school senior, were chosen from a large field of contestants because of their well developed plans.

Neelu N., from Pacific Beach Middle School, shared, “We had firefighters and fire trucks outside my home for 48 hours last year when they were fighting a fire near my house. Having an escape plan that I have practiced with my sister and my parents makes me feel safer and better prepared should we ever have to evacuate our home.” Neelu received her award at a ceremony at Pacific Beach Middle School at noon on Tuesday, October 8.

Tanya Barrera, a senior at Escondido High School, said “Before doing this contest, I had not ever thought about planning how to escape from my apartment. Once I sketched out my escape plan, my parents were really interested and thought it was a good idea since it can happen to anyone. We all talked about it and practiced it.  Thanks to the Fire Foundation for sponsoring this contest!” Ms. Barrera will received her award on October 9 at the Escondido Fire Station #1 and was recognized during the Escondido City Council meeting that evening during its Fire Prevention Week Proclamation.

“I am so pleased to see teenage students preparing and practicing home escape plans with two exits from each room and showing where the family should meet after getting safely out of the house.  The fire escape plan and smoke detectors are the two most important things people can do to help save lives during a home fire,” Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt.

Why Prepare?

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. Be your family’s hero – prepare and practice your home fire escape plan today.