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Fire Prevention Week

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Flames, smoke, intense heat and burns are just a few of the elements that make home fires dangerous.

"Hoosiers need to be proactive about learning, practicing and sharing fire safety information with their family, friends and coworkers," said Steve Cox, the incoming State Fire Marshal. "Taking a few minutes to discuss a fire escape plan, staying aware of your surroundings or even just asking if someone has working smoke alarms in their home can make the entire community safer."

Every year the National Fire Protection Association hosts Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6-12, 2019) to provide individuals an opportunity to learn and share fire safety information. This year's theme, "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!" emphasizes the importance of escaping the home quickly.

On average, after a smoke alarm beeps, household members have a maximum of 2 minutes to safely escape their home. A quick and simple step to help ensure everyone makes it out safe is to create a map of the home's layout, indicate two potential exits for every room and then practice escaping within the two-minute window.

Practicing will help locate any barriers – blocked walkways, barred windows – that can hinder someone's escape time. The practice sessions are also a great time to test smoke alarms, which play vital roles in a household's escape plan.

Citizens who need working smoke alarms can find information on how to request 10 year non-tamper photoelectric smoke alarms or alarms for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at GetAlarmed.in.gov.

Additional fire safety tips can be found at GetPrepared.in.gov, and information about Fire Prevention Week can be found at nfpa.org.