Plan escape routes during Fire Prevention Week

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The daycare holds fire drills every month and the Fire Prevention Week campaign suggests to hold fire drills in your home too and establish escape exits.

Berkowsky said the open house caps Fire Prevention Week, which, according to the National Fire Protection Association, takes place annually in the same week that commemorates the October 1871 Great Chicago Fire.

National fire prevention week provides fire departments across the country to educate the public on the importance of fire safety and prevention. Kids of all ages can visit and learn at 8:30 and 10:30 A.M.at the Central Fire Station. "So we told them it's important to have a meeting place outside of the home so everyone is accounted for".

Between 100 and 200 attend the Northglenn Safety Fair and around 200 to 300 typically attend the Fire Safety Fair hosted at Flatiron Crossing Mall.

Mitchell said you should also have a fire extinguisher on hand and a plan to escape your residence if a fire breaks out.

Another common fire hazard are clothes dryers that haven't been cleaned properly - or run continuously for long periods of time. Residents may have as little as two minutes, possibly less, to safely escape a typical home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

-Once you get outside, stay outside. "You can replace an alarm and replace the batteries, but you can't replace your life". "They can check out fire trucks and police cars, they can operate a real fire hose, and it's also an educational opportunity".

Education is the best prevention: observe Fire Prevention Week.

Per the fire code, smoke detectors should be placed on every level of a home, in hallways leading to bedrooms, and in every bedroom.

Among the practical tips included is the recommended installation of Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (AFCIs), which are devices that can prevent more than 50% of the home electrical fires that occur in the US each year.

The NFPA recommends that parents teach children how to escape on their own, to close doors while escaping to slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

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