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TODAY IS Wednesday February 21st
Fire Prevention Week Reminders
Thursday Oct 12, 2017 1:40pm
Angola, IN

By: Sheila McCrea

State and local fire fighters are reminding families to take fire safety seriously by planning evacuation routes for their homes. This week is Fire Prevention Week and the theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out,” reminds Hoosiers that seconds can mean the difference between safety and a tragedy.

TR Hagerty with the Angola Fire Department stress the importance of smoke alarms and says that “Smoke alarms save lives, but equally important is when Hoosiers are ready to act when those alarms sound".

Hagerty says that practicing escape routes can be a good time for households to also verify that their home is free of fire hazards.

In addition Hagerty said to make sure smoke alarms are installed and working on every level of a home, and inside and outside bedrooms. Hagerty stresses that eEvery bedroom should have a smoke alarm in it.

“Most fires are preventable.” Hagerty said. “It’s up to all of us to prevent fires where we live, where we work, everywhere.

Fire Prevention Reminders:
-Draw a map of the home, and as a household mark two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
-Practice home fire drills twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with all residents.
-Practice using different routes to safety.
-Teach children how to escape on their own in case help isn’t available.
-Make sure the number of the home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
-Practice closing doors while evacuating the home. This may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
-Once outside, stay at the established meeting point. Never go back inside a burning building.

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