Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Officials stress importance of fire escape plan

Officials stress importance of fire escape plan

"If they are not working", said Christina Seidel with the College Station Fire Department.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nationwide there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the 2015, the past year for which figures are available.

Over the next five days, firefighters will be visiting area shopping malls, grocery stores, and schools dispensing safety tips to protect Londoners from fire. National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 this year, and the theme is "Every Second Counts - Plan Two Ways Out!"

"We always suggest you check your smoke detectors twice a year", Hovind says.

"Developing and practising a home escape plan is like building muscle memory", said Jim Lariviere, chairman of the Comox Valley Fire Chiefs Association. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out. In case of a fire, the easiest way out is always best, but if someone is trapped in a bedroom for instance, a white sheet in the window will alert emergency responders someone is still inside.

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The Horry County Fire Rescue is raising awareness on fire safety for Fire Prevention Week.

Firefighters say if a home has infants or anyone with mobility limitations, assign someone to assist them during a fire. "You don't have to be a fire inspector to do an inspection at your home", said Nugent. As the old saying goes, practice makes ideal, and the more times that kids practice how to get out, the easier it will be for them if an actual fire occurs in your home. 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.

You can go here to find out how to develop your own home escape plan. Reliable, properly placed smoke detectors are vital to keeping your family safe.

"Every month we talk to the kids about how they would get out if a fire would happen, trying to not scare them but make sure they have what they need so they can get out successfully if there were a fire", said Alisha. We really believe that fire safety saves lives in the long run.

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