LAN Participates in Fire Prevention WeekOctober 6, 2015
In support of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 – 10), LAN Associates provided four Paterson public schools with educational materials that teach children and adults the importance of fire safety and preparedness at home, school, and the workplace.
“We want to make sure children are aware and up-to-date on the latest fire safety methods,” said LAN Associates CEO Ron Panicucci. “It is important for educators to start teaching their students not only general safety tips, but also what to do in real life situations.”
LAN Associates is an architecture and engineering firm that specializes in designing and renovating buildings with the highest fire safety standards. LAN Associates was hired to design and oversee construction of a new elementary school in Edison, NJ after the township’s James Monroe Elementary school was consumed by fire in 2014. The fire originated after a janitor discarded a lit cigarette into a trash bin.
LAN Associates supplied fire prevention banners, posters, brochures, and goodie bags to students at Paterson’s P.S. 4, P.S. 15, P.S. 24, and P.S. 25. The fire prevention programs reach approximately 1,800 students from Kindergarten through 4th grade during Fire Prevention Week beginning October 4th.
“A student’s education and a safe working environment come hand in hand,” said Paterson Mayor Joey Torres. “Opportunities like this allow our teachers to stress the importance of fire safety to their students, a subject where knowledge is crucial to safety. I would like to personally thank businesses like LAN Associates for providing the resources to improve the students’ education where kids need it most.”
“The most important fire-safety element in designing modern buildings is ensuring people have quick, accessible, and easy access to exits,” said Panicucci. “As engineers and architects, we play an important role in public safety, and fire prevention is a key element. If this outreach prevents just one fire or injury it was well worth the effort.
There are several ways to help fire proof your home, school, or business.
– Test your smoke alarms every month and replace them every 10 years. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.
– Carbon Monoxide alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home; test the alarms monthly. For best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home.
– Plan ahead. Make an escape plan, know at least two ways out of every room and discuss it with everyone in your home. Most importantly, practice the drill.
– “Candle with Care”, blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed and keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Roughly one third of candle fires start in the bedroom.
– During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dyer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up. Additionally, make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
– Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen in unattended cooking and usually involve the stove. Cook with caution and be on alert on the kitchen.
For more information on fire safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org.