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Basic fire escape planning

Plan two ways out in case of fire What to do if smoke alarm sounds in the middle of the night
Lillian Steele | 10 October, 2017, 00:40

Chief Jim Mitchell with Knoxville Fire and Rescue tells KNIA/KRLS News his department will host different preschools, showing them equipment and telling the children how to stay safe from fire.

That is the theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, observed nationwide October 8-14. This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!".

Caskanette said a home plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all seeping areas. If a fire occurs, close the doors behind you as you leave and call 911 from outside.

Saturday, Oct. 14 - Visit Your Neighborhood Fire StationResidents are always welcomed to stop in to their neighborhood fire station to meet local firefighters and take a tour of the fire department's apparatus.

There have been some serious fires in Harford County already and the fire/home heating season, when many fires happen, hasn't begun. Never go back inside a burning building.

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.

Beginning Sunday, The National Fire Protection Association is highlighting the importance of preventative safety measures during Fire Prevention Week. He said each year the open firehouses have typically brought in about 500 visitors each Fire Prevention Week.

Make sure all windows and doors can be opened easily from the inside and access is not blocked. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. "The could be anything from planning an escape plan, checking smoke detectors and even cooking safety stuff in the house".

Lowe cautions that smoke is the leading killer in house fires and so working smoke detectors become the first line of defense.

One of the most common sources of fires are heaters, make sure you have those away from flammable items, like your curtains. Plus, fire alarms are also CARBON MONOXIDE alarms!

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

The goal of Fire Prevention Week is for people to think and plan ahead in the event of a fire.

Practice: Fire officials said it's good to practice one during the day and one at night.

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