Do you know more than one way out?

Prevention Chief Jeffrey Fernaays

Federal Fire Department Hawaii

The Federal Fire Department (FFD) would like to emphasize the need for everyone to know at least two ways out of their workplace and home.

During our busy lives we go day-to-day worrying about life and how we need to provide for our families. But how many of us actually take the time to consider what they would do if an emergency situation happened to them.

A recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that only a small percentage of people know the minimum required actions they need to take to provide safety for themselves or family. That lack of awareness is a concern for FFD and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, especially in today’s time when information is readily available through numerous sources.

“Time and again, I’ve have stressed to military and civilian personnel that they need to create an emergency action plan at work that provides action required for personnel in a building when any type of emergency situation occurs. We also recommend a plan for their home, it’s called EDITH which means “Exit Drill in the Home.”

The main reason we stress a plan is that at work and at home 85 percent of people will enter and exit their home and work facility the same way no matter the situation.

Having these plans in place with different exits than the normal day-to-day ones and continually practicing the plans will provide people with alternate ways out, that could one day save yours or a family member’s life.

NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®, and OSHA 1910.38 Emergency Action Plan (EAP), provides guidance of what critical information is needed in EAPs. The EDITH guidance can be located on the NFPA web site. A plan is only as good as how many times you practice the plan. Practice, Practice, Practice, and as your buildings change or homes change, make sure all your fire and life safety plans also change. Then Practice, Practice, Practice the plan.

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, FFD is joining forces with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8 to 13 to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts Know Two Ways Out” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing more than one way out.

FFD will participate at the Fire Prevention Week events to support this year’s campaign.

Fire Prevention Week events

• Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Fire Prevention Week kick-off at Honolulu Zoo

• Oct. 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.: National Night Out at Aliamanu Military Reservation Community Center

• Oct. 13 from 3 to 9 p.m.: UH Stadium football game UH vs. San Jose

• Oct. 17 from 3:30 to 9 p.m.: Hunter Hayes concert at Ward Field

• Oct. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.: Fall Festival at NCTAMS

FFD also wants you to remember smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced every six months. We also highly recommend that you make this a step in your EDITH plan just as another reminder of the importance that every part of your plan is crucial and needs to be continually reviewed.

For more information on fire safety plans and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts Know Two Ways Out,” visit

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