October is Fire Prevention Month

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely from a fire or having your life end in tragedy.

  • It is so important to have an escape plan.
  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure your home address is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close the doors behind you as you leave, this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

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