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Fire Prevention Week - 100th anniversary

Firefighters from the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron parade through base housing as part of Fire Prevention Week at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 5, 2021.

Firefighters from the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron parade through base housing as part of Fire Prevention Week at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 5, 2021. The 2022 Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, marks its 100th anniversary. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise)

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The Peterson Space Force Base Fire Department teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association in preparation for the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, 2022.

The 2022 Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” works to educate everyone about simple, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.  

“You may have as little as two minutes, or even less time, to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. “Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.”

The Peterson SFB Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home-fire escape,” said Michael Moore, Peterson SFB fire inspector. “Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.”

Peterson SFB Fire Department wants to share these key home fire escape planning tips:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

“Given that every home is different, every home-fire escape plan will also be different,” said Moore. “Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure someone is designated to help them."

The campaign will kick off following the proclamation signing, Oct. 5, with the Space Base Delta 1 commander, Col. David Hanson.

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