SD Fire Marshal: Practice Your Fire Escape Plans

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SD Fire Marshal: Practice Your Fire Escape Plans

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The theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cap, Plan and Practice Your Escape".

Responders are reminding everyone to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and keep a fire extinguisher in house areas that are at the most risk of fire breakout, like the kitchen or garage.

"Come up with a plan, draw it out, you want to have two ways out of each room, and you want to practice that", Weninger said.

The goal, Minick said with this year's fire prevention message was to get families involved with asking their children what they've learned after the fire department visits their school.

From the time your smoke alarm sounds, you may have as little as two minutes to get out and escape the flames. The Victoria Fire Department emphasizes that having a working smoke alarm can save your life. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year. "But during Fire Prevention Week, we shine a light on a critical component of fire safety that can make you the hero of your family". "If you have a smoke alarm, you have a better chance of getting out safely".

Residents should also ensure that everyone in the home knows how to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or neighbor's phone. "Building code in Canada makes sure that in all bedrooms you have a doorway, and also a bedroom window that's designed as an exit pathway", said Neumann.

"You'll be able to have a look inside of our fire apparatus, '" Wright told northeastNOW.

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