Fire Prevention Week reminder- Home escape plan

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Practice your home escape plan twice a year.

As always, another emphasis during the week will be the use of smoke alarms. LeComte says making sure everyone knows what the alarm sounds like in different rooms in your home will help family members react quickly. Residents also received a Home Fire Safety Checklist with important information about cooking safety, electrical safety and heating.

Firefighters around the Upstate are working to remind everyone that during an emergency every second counts.

"The biggest thing about fire safety that people don't realize is that you have two minutes to get out of your home when a fire starts", Snow said. "Smoke is the No. 1 killer because it contains carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide and due to that, you can not breath after two minutes". "Plan an exit strategy, plan a second one and figure out where you will all meet".

"A lot of times when your population goes down your fire loads and ems runs go down but ours have gone up", he said.

"And we think that's way too much", Snow said.

Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home.

In support of Fire Prevention Week, the OSFM encourages all Kansas households to develop a plan together and practice it. If the alarms are functioning properly, the customer will get their pizza for free.

"I Feel really good about this and for free, what's better than being free?"

Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. That preparation is key, according to Snow. Go to your outside meeting place.

Here are some additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan.

In fact, today's home fires present increased risks to occupants. On Saturday, volunteers worked to visit more than 400 homes in the University Valley neighborhood.

Governor Rauner proclaimed October 8 through October 14 as Fire Prevention Week in IL to encourage residents to learn and prepare for emergency situations.

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