Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday

Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday

"We are pushing for people to have escape plans for their houses in case of fire", Edmonds said about the motto.

Fire prevention week is October 8 - 14, and the Emporia Fire Department wants Emporians to plan ahead to ensure safety in the event of a fire.

Discuss the plan with everyone in your home and identify an outside meeting place, such as a tree, light pole, or mailbox that is located a safe distance from the home.

"Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" is the message of this year's week. "Within minutes, the intense heat from fire can cause severe, life-threatening burns; the dark, black smoke it generates makes it impossible to see through, and breathing can quickly become hard or impossible".

In support of Fire Prevention Week, the Summit Fire Department encourages Summit residents to develop a plan and practice it.

"A good thing to do before the weather gets too cold, is check the date on your carbon monoxide detector, your smoke alarm".

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"Today's home fires burn faster than ever", said Robert Coonce, chief of Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services.

National Fire Prevention Week commemorates the great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 buildings.

"We've had some fatality fires where there would have been options for those involved to use a window or another way out but, without thinking, they went through a fire room instead".

Lowe cautions that smoke is the leading killer in house fires and so working smoke detectors become the first line of defense.

"You need to practice to see if it works for the oldest down to the youngest", Clark said.

Having these plans in place with different exits than the normal day-to-day ones and continually practicing the plans will provide people with alternate ways out, that could one day save yours or a family member's life.

"There are 201 emergency plans for facilities all around Crawford County - from schools and nursing homes to factories", Clark said. "Most smoke alarms last about ten years, so it's important to replace them when they expire".

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