Fire Prevention Week: Plan two ways out

Leighton said that especially rings true when looking at statistics, where most fire deaths occur during the sleeping hours between midnight and 8 a.m.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!, works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practising it.

"We always suggest you check your smoke detectors twice a year", Hovind says. "We need to make sure they have a way out and they can be safe".

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An hour earlier, firefighters from Engine 64 and Ladder 20 will respond to 719 Knorr St.in Lawndale, where members of the Gillis family will practice their home escape plan. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

Many people have fire extinguishers in their homes, but Forbush said people should not depend on them to put out anything more than basic kitchen fires. The Grand Rapids Fire Department is among many, across the nation, taking part in Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 8 - 14.

As we head into the winter months there are some things you can do to help protect your home from fires.

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He says the three most common causes of household fires is unattended cooking, candles, and smoldering cigarettes left in ashtrays or garbage.

"No matter where you're at in that home, whether you're a child, an elderly person or anybody else in the home, they should know if that doors blocked, I can go out this door or that window". Never go back inside a burning building. If the customer does not have smoke alarms, firefighters will install one free of charge. Whether it's a tree, light pole, or some other permanent landmark, make sure your family has agreed on a meeting place to gather in front of your home after escaping. CO and smoke detectors that are over ten years old should be replaced as they have reached the end of their life expectancy.

Between 100 and 200 attend the Northglenn Safety Fair and around 200 to 300 typically attend the Fire Safety Fair hosted at Flatiron Crossing Mall.

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