Fire Prevention Month 2017

The Hagerstown Fire Department works in our community every day to prevent the 911 call and avoid fire-related dangers in our community. When the unthinkable happens in your home, we want you to be prepared. This year's national theme for fire prevention month is "Every Second Counts - Plan Two Ways Out." If a fire starts in your home, every second counts when it comes to getting you and your family to safety. The Hagerstown Fire Department encourages you to develop a fire escape plan with our family, so we want to provide you with the necessary tools and tips in partnership with the NFPA.

  • Draw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) 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 and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

If you have more questions about planning your family's home fire escape plan, contact the Hagerstown Fire Department at 301-790-2476.