National Fire Prevention Week celebrated with open house

Every second counts: Fire prevention week

Every second counts: Fire prevention week

"We will have a lot of fire prevention and safety materials for the public to take home with them". Tuesday to mark the start of Fire Prevention Week and highlight the need for all families to have not one, but two escape plans.

Traditionally running from October 8-14, this year's Fire Prevention Week theme; "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" provided an opportunity for firefighters to teach children the importance of an escape plan and what to do if the house is on fire.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week activities in your community contact your local fire department. Kids of all ages can visit and learn at 8:30 and 10:30 A.M.at the Central Fire Station. "Once they get out, they should have a meeting place outside", Mitchell said. "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". After completing the escape plan, families are asked to turn their front porch light on so passing firemen know that you've completed the safety drill.

The president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services says you can never have too many smoke detectors in your home-but he says you must have enough.

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Time is a critical factor in a fire.

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. He also recommends having a portable ladder in multi-storey homes in case residents need to use a window to evacuate, as well as a fire extinguisher, particularly in the kitchen. Sadly, this outlook puts millions of Americans at risk, as they fail to check their smoke alarms or develop an escape plan.

Fire Marshal Mike Post says this year's theme is "know two ways out" and they've been going to schools and daycares throughout St. Cloud teaching safety tips.

"They are low-cost and can get you out of the home when your escape route is blocked", he said.

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