-Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
The city of Parkersburg will observe National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14.
That's why this year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out".
In a structure fire, every second counts, and during Fire Prevention Week, which starts today, fire departments across the country will be pushing that message to encourage citizens to develop a fire escape plan.
Saturday, Ellsworth Air Force Base Fire Department paraded through base homes bringing awareness to developing a home escape plan and practicing it.
Draw a map of home: Identify places that you and your family members can get out of.
This is the 10th year of the parade, which kicks off Fire Prevention Week. "Re-entering a burning building is treacherous, and can deliver crippling, if not fatal consequences".
"You know safety sometimes can be considered by children to be boring, but if you put a little excitement into it and a little bit of fun, it really catches on and they learn very quickly", Nichols said.
"We've had some fatality fires where there would have been options for those involved to use a window or another way out but, without thinking, they went through a fire room instead".
People also were able to see the difference a fire sprinkler system makes through the department's burn demonstration. He recommends having an escape plan, as well as practicing it. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. That open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include a fire extinguisher simulator, paramedics testing blood pressure, stop, drop and roll, spraying a fire hose and handing out pamphlets. 14, fire departments across the State of MI and throughout the United States will reinforces why everyone needs to have and practice a home fire escape plan.
Judson said to make sure all the smoke detectors in your home are working properly, and WPFD has some smoke detectors available for homeowners.
"You need to practice to see if it works for the oldest down to the youngest", Clark said. So check your smoke detectors. While it isn't clear whether those conditions contributed to the individuals' inability to escape or the spread of the fire, hoarding items can make it more complicated to plan escape routes, and also more hard for responding firefighters to get to you.
Practice: Fire officials said it's good to practice one during the day and one at night.