The piercing wail of fire sirens will sound in unison throughout Washington County on Wednesday, signaling a cooperative effort to eliminate fire deaths.
All fire and rescue companies in Washington County will activate their house sirens to commemorate Fire Prevention Week at 7 p.m. When those sirens sound, families are urged to practice home fire drills, making sure each family member knows what to do and where to go in case of a fire.
The Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association is encouraging the community to participate, said Doug DeHaven of the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway.
"The Great Escape" theme is a national campaign, stressing the idea of decreasing fire injuries and deaths by advance planning within families, DeHaven said.