Have a plan in case of fire

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen

"You need to have at least two exits (from a room) in case one of the exits is blocked by fire", said Capt. Jill Staaf, Meadville Central Fire Department's fire prevention officer.

Running Oct. 8-13, National Fire Prevention Week was first proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, according to the National Fire Protection Association's website.

A good fire escape plan should incorporate regularly checking that smoke alarms are working and that they're prevalent throughout the home, as well as routes for two ways out of every room, and a pre-designated meeting place. "On every floor, in every bedroom so it's alerting you early and you can get out there when the smoke or fire is very small, it's still a haze, it's not developing and growing rapidly where that exit is no longer an option for you", O'Keefe said.

In observance of Fire Prevention Week, the Everett Fire Department is hosting five open houses at stations throughout the city.

"We will visit all the schools in Emporia and do fire drills with the kids", Bradford said. "Re-entering a burning building is treacherous, and can deliver crippling, if not fatal consequences".




Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association, commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-9, 1871, when more than 250 people were killed.

Information tables will be available to learn more about community safety programs like the Community Emergency Response Team, Fire Exploration (15-18 years old), and the Fairfield Reserve Firefighter Program.

Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find. That open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include a fire extinguisher simulator, paramedics testing blood pressure, stop, drop and roll, spraying a fire hose and handing out pamphlets. 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.

People also were able to see the difference a fire sprinkler system makes through the department's burn demonstration. "I really challenge the parents at 11, 12 o'clock at night to go set that smoke detector off, to see if children are really getting out of bed". Practice using different ways out.

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