Is your home fire escape plan ready?

by Luis Castro October 12, 2017, 0:27
Is your home fire escape plan ready?

Despite many advancements in safety technology, Lawton Fire Marshal Mark Mitchell said house fires today actually spread much quicker and are much more unsafe than they were in the past.

Forbush said the second week of October was selected as Fire Prevention Week because it coincides with the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that destroyed more than three miles of the city and killed 300 people.

Hammer says parents should make sure their youngster know the plan.

Firefighters say if a home has infants or anyone with mobility limitations, assign someone to assist them during a fire.

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In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. "Now, we are looking at about one minute for the hallways, too risky to try and get out, and two and a half, three minutes before the room is completely on fire". In total, the organization has nine decades of fire prevention under its belt. In conjunction, Rowan University and the Glassboro Fire Department have advice for students on ways to prevent and respond to a fire.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends creating a map of the home with all members of the household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit, and to practice twice a year.

"One of the biggest things we talk about is having smoke alarms in their homes", the fire chief said.

In fact, today's home fires present increased risks to occupants.

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This week is also a good time to make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly working on all floors of your home.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Gary West emphasized to News 2 how important home fire drills can be.

On Saturday, the SFD is hosting its annual Open House in celebration of Fire Prevention Week from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at Central Fire Station, 110 Elm St. In short, home fires present a real risk that residents need to take seriously.

"You can teach them how to get out of a window; you can teach them how to go under the door crawl under the smoke".

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