National Fire Prevention Week: Tips to keep your family safe

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In a fire situation, when the smoke alarm sounds, a practiced home escape plan ensures that everyone knows how to use the precious minutes wisely. In support of Fire Prevention Week, the fire department reminds residents about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.

-Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

"Those seconds can be the difference from your family escaping or that fire ending in tragedy for your family", Rohlfing said.

Along with offering a free lunch to everyone who attended, the open house included a side-by-side demonstration of fire spreading in a room with sprinklers and without.

If smoke alarms aren't working or aren't present, firefighters will install new alarms or replace the batteries.

Firefighters explained that every home needs a working smoke alarm in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level.

Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home.

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LeComte says every family should have a fire escape plan and that it should be practiced at least twice a year. So if you use a surge protector and you have a million things plugged into one outlet I think you need to be really careful with that.

"You have to have a plan and practice that plan all the time just because it could save your family's life", Snow said.

He stressed that anytime there is a fire, large or small, never to hesitate to call the fire department.

Here are some additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan. Go to your outside meeting place. On Saturday, volunteers worked to visit more than 400 homes in the University Valley neighborhood.

Carmel Fire Department is having an open house this Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.

As National Fire Prevention Week gets underway, the Wheeling Fire Department is urging everyone to help prevent a potential tragedy by making sure they have two ways out of their home.

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