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"From the time the smoke alarm sounds, you may have less than two minutes to escape a home fire safely".

Fire Prevention Week starts October 8 and runs to October 14. It also includes two ways out of every room (usually through a door and window) with a clear path to an outside meeting place that is a safe distance away from the home. The theme of this year's breakfast is "Every Second Counts: Plan two ways out!".

"We're really pushing 'close before you doze.' Fire is a serious concern in our community", firefighter Jerry Smith explained. "And that's very significant in that you have to plan ahead to get out safely".

In observance of Fire Prevention Week, the Everett Fire Department is hosting five open houses at stations throughout the city.

Fire Chief Doug Sills said the department wanted to teach some preventive measures as a part of Fire Prevention Week.

Practise your home fire drill twice a year. "Re-entering a burning building is treacherous, and can deliver crippling, if not fatal consequences". It is crucial to have an escape plan in place for your home.

A recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that only a small percentage of people know the minimum required actions they need to take to provide safety for themselves or family.

When the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire occurred, it was decided that rather than celebrate a horrendous event with festivities, it would be better to use the date to educate people about the importance of fire safety and prevention.

Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work.

"Developing and practising a home escape plan is like building muscle memory", said Caskanette.

Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871. If we can't reach you, we can't alert you.

Bradford said smoke detectors were created to be sensitive to take a minimal amount of smoke and go off. The primary goal of the AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies.