Marietta Fire marks National Fire Prevention Week with safety tips

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For the Township of Langley Fire Department, it is an opportunity to reinforce the need for all residents to have and practise an escape plan. If you aren't sure if your smoke detectors work or how to check them, you can ask a firefighter. So unblock your exits today!

"Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory", stated Fraser Kirby, assistant chief of the Banff Fire Department, on the town's website. "To reduce second-hand smoke and fire risks, landlords and tenants can adopt smoke-free policies to make their buildings a safer and healthier place to live". Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.

People also were able to see the difference a fire sprinkler system makes through the department's burn demonstration. A grid is available at to use as a guide. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern that started first the barn and then the whole city of Chicago on fire has been told and retold endlessly.

Family members should also practice closing doors as they leave as closed doors can help slow the spread of smoke and fire.

Each year, Fire Prevention Week is held to bring awareness to the dangers associated with fire. The meeting place should be something that will not move, such as a tree or a light pole. "Be sure your house numbers are easy to see".

The horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Departments from Wood and Washington counties will participate, he said.

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When you practice, do what you would do in case of a fire. Kimberly Wolford a Crooksville EMT says this is a great time to think about fire prevention. Michiganders are urged to develop and practice a home escape plan and know what to do when awakened to the sound of a smoke alarm and the smell of smoke.

It only takes a few moments every few months to review, and having a plan and knowing exactly what to do in an emergency could save your family's lives.

"Just talk about it a lot with them, maybe not make it scary".

This conversation is especially important with young kids.

"At least two escape plans to get out of the house, once you get out do not go back in", said Ingebretson.

Once you're out, stay out! Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.