Firefighters stress having a plan during National Fire Prevention week

Posted October 10, 2017

The Jacksonville Fire Department inducted a group of children as fire cadets Saturday after they each finished the firefighter challenge during the department's open house. Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.

It's Fire Prevention Week and that means it's time to make sure all your smoke detectors are working and everyone in your family knows all the ways out of your home.

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

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Hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream will be provided courtesy of the Fire Department and Auxiliary. "Never go back inside for people or pets. The second one is plan an exit drill, find that meeting place for your whole family, talk about it around the kitchen table, and then practice that drill".

The Moorhead Fire Department will be hosting an open house about National Fire Prevention Week on Sunday from 1:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m.

"Modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, all contribute to an increased rate at which home fires burn", said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

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Make sure doors and windows are not blocked by furniture or other obstacles. In addition to a home escape plan, homes must have working smoke alarms. All Americans should create a fire escape plan and practice it yearly with their families. Practice using different ways out and show children how to escape on their own, in case adults can't help them.

If not, the EFD will replace the batteries in the smoke detector (s) or provide a free smoke detector for the household. They'll also receive fire hats and badges! "We see that a lot - if a door is closed - it will keep a lot of the heat and the smoke in the unoccupied space to where it could give you another five minutes or so to get out".

In Canmore, Fire Prevention Week will wrap up with a free pancake breakfast at the Canmore Fire Hall on October 15 from 8-11 a.m.

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Safety events during Fire Prevention Week are scheduled in Adams, Cowlitz, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, King, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston and Whatcom counties.