Every second counts theme for Fire Prevention Week

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen

There's no better time for families to practise a fire escape plan than during Fire Prevention Week. We must make sure to teach our children how to escape on their own and make special plans for family members with limited mobility. So unblock your exits today! "To reduce second-hand smoke and fire risks, landlords and tenants can adopt smoke-free policies to make their buildings a safer and healthier place to live". Make sure you have a plan and know your way out of your house. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. They can also answer other fire questions you may have. For easy planning, an escape planning grid can be found on the NFPA website. According to the NFPA, it was Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Ahern wrote and published a report that the fire was started by one of the cows.

Fire spreads quickly, leaving people less than two minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Throughout the rest of October, Quincy firefighters will be visiting all third- and fifth-grade students to educate them on smoke detectors and emergency drills that can be done at home.

The city's fire department responds to about 10,000 calls a year. A neighbor's porch, a tree or a mailbox near the house would be good meeting places.

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"If there would be a fire in the next room, it could be completely gutted out", he said. Firefighters say parents should make sure their younger ones know how unsafe matches, lighters and candles can be. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.

Van Gorkom says to not only check batteries this time of the year, but to look at the age of the units to ensure they are up-to-date. Kimberly Wolford a Crooksville EMT says this is a great time to think about fire prevention.

Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape plan. In addition to a home escape plan, homes must have working smoke alarms. This is especially important when children are permitted to attend "sleepovers" at friends' homes.

Once you're out, stay out! "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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