Every family should have a fire-escape plan

Published 8:19 am Thursday, October 4, 2012

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7 through Oct. 13, and the Office of Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians to “have two ways out!”

Fire prevention tips offered by Hudgens include:

• Install working smoke alarms on every level, and inside and outside of each sleeping area;

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• Develop a fire escape plan that identifies two ways out of each room, and a family meeting place outside;

• Make sure your plan allows for any specific needs in your household. If everyone knows what to do, everyone can get out quickly;

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

• In the case of a fire, don’t waste time collecting belongings. Get yourself out and help get others out.

For more information and tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association online at www.nfpa.org