"The biggest thing about fire safety that people don't realize is that you have two minutes to get out of your home when a fire starts", Snow said.
As the Fire Chief of Belleville, I urge all our residents to use this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign as a reminder to develop a home escape plan with everyone in the household and practice it twice a year. LeComte says making sure everyone knows what the alarm sounds like in different rooms in your home will help family members react quickly. That's why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. If you live in the City of Milwaukee and don't have a smoke alarm, arrangements can be made for Milwaukee firefighters to come to your residence and install a smoke alarm free of charge. Just be careful where you place things and make sure it's not all close together.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home.
The NFPA says smoke detectors should be in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement.
And with cooking fires on the rise, fire departments want people to be mindful of their kitchen habits.
Seidel said this is the 10th year the department has featured this event, an initiative which she said is aimed at reducing the number of preventable deaths by fire.
Carmel Fire Department is having an open house this Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.
Crews will be bringing their fire safety house during visits to schools all this month.
Every year since 1922, Fire Prevention Week coincides with the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire on October 9 of 1871.
"A home escape plan should be an essential part of your family emergency plan", said DESPP Commissioner Dora B. Schriro.
The Tyler Fire Department is working in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association, the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages.