State Fire Marshal Promotes Home Escape Plans for National Fire Prevention Week

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Fort Campbell Domino's, located at 4190 Morgan Road, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are teaming up with Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8-14).

"Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" is the message of this year's week.

From the time you hear a smoke alarm sound, you might have less than 2 minutes to get out of your home safely, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

In observance of Fire Prevention Week, the Everett Fire Department is hosting five open houses at stations throughout the city. "We talk about what the fire department does for their community", Champion said.

The city's fire department responds to about 10,000 calls a year. "You go back to everything you've practiced and then you realize what you're supposed to do when this thing occurs".

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According to the National Fire Prevention Association, this week was chosen because of the Great Chicago Fire that began October 8, 1871 and did most of its damage October 9.

Sills said any parents that want help with teaching their children about fire safety can contact the fire department for information.

They'll even come out and make sure it's properly installed.

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This is also a good time to check on the smoke detectors in your home.

They suggest that families practice escaping their home twice a year.

But, a plan shouldn't just be drawn up and forgotten about - it needs to be practiced, too.

Smoke alarms: Make sure you have smoke alarms outside or inside every sleeping room, and make sure the alarms are working.

Lowe cautions that smoke is the leading killer in house fires and so working smoke detectors become the first line of defense. Practice using different ways out and show children how to escape on their own, in case adults can't help them.

Ellsworth Fire Department is going to local school throughout the week conducting fire safety presentations and educated students.

Ellsworth's fire inspector, Jason Kmiotek, also recommended to look for exits in every facility you enter.

Bradford said smoke detectors were created to be sensitive to take a minimal amount of smoke and go off.