GREEN BAY, Wis. - National Fire Prevention week takes place every year in October. This year it takes place Sunday October 8th - October 15th.
This year organizers are focusing on how "Every Second Counts. Plan Two Ways Out." In support of Fire Prevention Week, the Brown County Fire Chiefs Association encourages all households to develop a plan together and practice it. For more information on Fire Prevention Week visit firepreventionweek.org.
A home escape includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room usually a door and a window with a clear path to an outside meeting place that's a safe distance from the home.
Some tips include:
Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
Close doors behind you as you leave - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.