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Fire Prevention Week: Every second counts; plan two ways out

Fire Prevention Week: Every second counts; plan two ways out

According to Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush many of those things are promoted during National Fire Prevention Week which runs until the end of the week.

Fire prevention week is in full swing, and this year's theme is every second counts, know 2 ways out.

While visiting the schools, the Tahlequah Fire Department also instructed children on fire prevention and safety techniques such as how to stop, drop and roll, and stay low while exiting the house.

"The smoke alarm program started as a joint effort between ICT and the State Fire Marshal's Office which has strongly supported the use of smoke alarms", said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.

Part of the plan also includes what to do after getting out of the house.

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Quincy firefighters are stressing how important it is for your family to create a fire escape plan. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year. "This morning we did a little fire activity during circle time, so that got them excited, but they'll definitely go home and talk about it with their parents". Newer homes are built with lightweight materials that burn faster than older home constructions. Free smoke alarms will also be made available to residents who need one. "Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas".

"They are low-cost and can get you out of the home when your escape route is blocked", he said. 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.

This will be done at no cost to residents, including if a smoke detector is installed or replaced in the home. "Now, we are looking at about one minute for the hallways, too unsafe to try and get out, and two and a half, three minutes before the room is completely on fire".