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Do you have an escape plan? Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7-13

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ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) -

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and theNational Fire Protection Association (NFPA) want to remind Georgians that FirePrevention Week is October 7 to 13. 

The theme this year is "Have Two Ways Out!"

This year, Commissioner Hudgens and fire personnel aroundthe state will be spreading the word about the dangers of home fires andteaching Georgia residents how to plan and practice an escape from a home in casea fire occurs.

"Many times when we speak to residents who haveexperienced a fire in their home, they recall becoming confused and disorientedby the conditions and severity of the situation – but they realized they neededto get out fast," said Hudgens. "Sometimes there are only seconds toescape, but there's no question that having a plan in place that has beenpracticed saves precious time and makes survival more likely. We hope that FirePrevention Week will prompt Georgians to plan and practice their escape."

Commissioner Hudgens offers the following tips to stay firesafe: 

  • Install working smoke alarms on every level; andinside and outside of each sleeping area.

  • Develop a fire escape plan that identifies twoways out of each room and a family meeting place outside.

  • Make sure your plan allows for any specificneeds in your household. If everyone knows what to do, everyone can get outquickly.

  • Practice using the plan, at least twice a year.

  • Some studies have shown that some children andadults may not awaken to the sound of a smoke alarm; they may need help wakingup. 

  • If the smoke alarm sounds: Go to your closestexit, and if you run into smoke, turn and use another way out. If you must exitthrough smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.

  • Don'ttake time to pick up belongings; just get out and help others get out. Movefast but stay calm.

 

 For more information on planned activities, pleasecontact your local fire department or call Commissioner Hudgens' Public SafetyEducation Division at 404-657-0831.

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