State Fire Marshal recognizes National Fire Prevention Week in IL

Plan two ways out in case of fire

Plan two ways out in case of fire

Governor Rauner proclaimed October 8 through October 14 as Fire Prevention Week in IL to encourage residents to learn and prepare for emergency situations. This year's theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!" and is meant to reinforce why everyone needs to have a fire escape plan. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.

"If you have a fire at home you may only have less than three minutes after the alarm sounds to get out safely".

Brian O'Keefe, the Public Information Officer with the Des Moines Fire Department, said it's very important to start conversations about fire safety with children very early to ensure they know what to do in the event of a fire.

Saturday, Oct. 14 - Visit Your Neighborhood Fire StationResidents are always welcomed to stop in to their neighborhood fire station to meet local firefighters and take a tour of the fire department's apparatus. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building.

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It can be overwhelming to know if your home is adequately protected, or you might not have the time to research products, or you might have an elderly family member or neighbor who could definitely benefit from this service.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years.

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.

Meanwhile, adults should be double checking any of their appliances that generate heat, to make sure they work properly.

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"Besides a general evacuation plan for your home, that should include escape routes out of the valley". "I really challenge the parents at 11, 12 o'clock at night to go set that smoke detector off, to see if children are really getting out of bed".

Fire Prevention Week will be marked with two open houses, one this weekend at the Green Village Volunteer Fire Department and one next weekend at the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department. Also, practice using different ways out.

People also were able to see the difference a fire sprinkler system makes through the department's burn demonstration.

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