Palm Coast, Florida - The Palm Coast City Council proclaims Oct. 8 to 14 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Palm Coast - and this year's theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"

Fire Prevention Week started on the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1911. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week. A different theme is selected each year by the National Fire Prevention Association, which has sponsored Fire Prevention Week since its inception.

"Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" reinforces the need for everyone to have an escape plan and that in a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

"The Palm Coast Fire Department is dedicated to reducing the occurrences of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education," Palm Coast Vice Mayor Steve Nobile said in reading the proclamation at the Palm Coast City Council meeting.

Palm Coast Fire has increased its outreach during Fire Prevention Week and the entire month of October, providing fire protection education talks and demonstrations throughout the community including at all of the area elementary schools. In addition, they are hosting special events at two local McDonalds.

"Fries with a Fireman" is unique opportunity to bring fire prevention education to the public. Palm Coast firefighters will be on hand to participate in fire prevention activities along with having with a fire truck display. The public is encouraged to participate:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m. - McDonalds Town Center, 5190 E. Hwy 100, Palm Coast
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5-7 p.m. - McDonalds, 4951 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast

In addition, be sure to follow the City of Palm Coast on Facebook at DiscoverPalmCoast and Twitter @PalmCoastNow for the department's fire prevention tips.

For more information, contact the Palm Coast Fire Department at 386-986-2300.