October is Fire Prevention Month and is celebrated throughout the country with fire prevention education at schools and offices, safety tips, and sharing of resources to help keep people safe in case of a fire.
This year, National Fire Protection Association's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape." Everyone can practice small things to prevent fires and how to escape a fire.
Experts say that you may have as little as two minutes to safely evacuate a burning home from the time a smoke alarm sounds and having an escape plan is a must.
- Make sure everyone in your home is familiar and comfortable with the fire escape plan.
- Go over the exits from each room.
- Make sure all smoke alarms are functioning and are in the proper locations throughout the home. Each floor and each bedroom should have its own alarm.
- Have a designated meeting place in case of emergency like the mailbox, or a next-door-neighbor's porch.