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As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, the South Bay Fire Department reminds residents that

“Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.™”

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The South Bay Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week TM (FPW), October 9-15, 2022. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape TM”,  works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.  

“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. 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. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.


The South Bay 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. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different. 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 that someone will help them!


We want 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 levelof 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.


To download your own copy of a escape plan template, click here.

To watch a video on practicing your escape plan, click here:

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit and

Community Risk Reduction

The South Bay Fire Department is dedicated to Community Risk Reduction. We provide educational assemblies to our local schools and are happy to provide educational programs to home owner groups and organizations within our service area.

Local preschools, daycares and children’s organizations can contact us for scheduled tours of the station and fire safety presentations.


If you are interested in scheduling a tour or have questions about our programs, please contact us.

Disaster Preparedness

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own
for several days. Being prepared means having your own
food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours.
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your
household may need in the event of an emergency.

Fire Prevention

More than 5,000 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 21,000 are injured. An overwhelming number of fires occur in the home.


Fire safety and survival begin with everyone in your household being prepared.

Fireworks Safety

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is committed to promoting injury prevention and fire safety during the celebrations of Independence Day and New Year’s when fireworks are often used. 

For more information about fireworks in Thurston County, please visit the Thurston County Fire Marshal's website.

For more information on fireworks, please visit the State Fire Marshal’s website.

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