A good fire escape plan should incorporate regularly checking that smoke alarms are working and that they're prevalent throughout the home, as well as routes for two ways out of every room, and a pre-designated meeting place. Smoke detectors are pretty cheap, but for those who can't afford them, fire companies in the county will install them for you.
Everyone is urged to develop a home fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
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The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. "Never go back into the home, or workplace even if it looks safe".
"You really need to practice and talk about it with family on what to do - especially if you have young children, those in preschool through third grade", Staaf said.
In a news release on September 27, Lorraine Carli with the NFPA wrote that modern home construction, with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, contributes to an increased rate at which home fires burn.
One of the most important steps to take know where all of your smoke detectors in your home, and to check them once a month. "These factors make home escape planning and practice critical".
One of the most common sources of fires are heaters, make sure you have those away from flammable items, like your curtains. While the fire department is known for its role in responding to a fire, it can also provide resources for those in the community to be better protected from a fire starting or spreading.
Friday, October 13 - The Detroit Fire Department will conduct a door-to-door Home Fire Safety check from 10 a.m.to noon in the Chicago and Evergreen area.
Bradford said smoke detectors were created to be sensitive to take a minimal amount of smoke and go off.
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