May 26, 2023

Westport Fire Department Advises Families To Create A Fire Escape Plan

Press release from the Town of Westport:

WESTPORT, CT — As students prepare to return to school, the Westport Fire Department urges parents to create an “Escape Plan.” For both younger children as well as college students, escape planning can be the difference between preparedness or tragedy. “Families should practice their escape plan at least twice a year. The exit drill should be as realistic as possible. Have everyone participate and appoint someone to be a monitor. Pretend that some exits are blocked by fire and practice using alternate routes. Instruct family members where to meet outside to get accountability. A fire drill is not a race; get out, but do so carefully,” stated Deputy Chief Nick Marsan.

For younger children and families, Deputy Chief Marsan offers the following tips:

Parents need to be aware of fire safety when choosing student housing for their college bound child. These questions don’t cover everything, but they will help get you started.

On behalf of the Westport Fire Department, we wish you a safe and happy school year.

This press release was produced by the Town of Westport. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Alfred BranchPress release from the Town of Westport:Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves.Get in the habit of sleeping with bedroom doors closed. Know two ways out of every room.Choose a meeting place outside the home.Practice your completed fire drill with all members of your family.Are there two ways out of each room, including those on upper floors? Does every student’s room have a smoke alarm? Does it send a signal to campus security or the fire department?Are the residence halls or off-campus housing equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system? Are there enough electrical outlets for all appliances without needing an extension cord? What items are prohibited in residence halls because of fire safety?