It's Fire Prevention Week: Explore a Fire Station, Make a Home Safety

Published on October 11, 2017

Mark Fire Prevention Week by getting to know the Arlington County Fire Department and ways to ensure safety at home.  

ACFD is hosting its annual department-wide station open house on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ten County fire stations will have fun activities for the family and valuable information on safety. Visitors will have the chance to climb the trucks, tour the facilities and meet on-duty crews.

During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 — 14, the Arlington County Fire Department is reminding everyone that "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"

In a typical household fire, you may have as little as one minute to escape after the smoke alarm sounds.

The first step in being prepared is ensuring that your home has alarms and that they work. Install them. Test them. And if you need help, the Arlington County Fire Department's Operation Firesafe program provides residents with free smoke alarms and installation. Learn more at

Once working alarms are in place, the next step in being prepared for a fire is creating and practicing a home escape plan that covers everyone.

  • Draw a map of your home 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 on the outside and easy for the fire department to find.

  • Close doors behind you as you leave to slow the spread of smoke, heat and flames.

  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week or to find the nearest fire station, visit