CNY firefighters call on families to practice fire prevention


"Developing and practicing a home escape plan extremely important when it comes to keeping your family safe", Doug Jorgensen, Kansas State Fire Marshal said.

Tradition continued Saturday as the Clarendon Hills Fire Department welcomed about 1,000 visitors to its a nnual open house, according to fire chief Brian Leahy.

This year's theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" Once a plan is in place, every one in the home should be able to escape in less than two minutes.

When firefighters arrive on scene, LeComte says if they see the family outside they're going to immediately ask if everyone made it out safely. "It is important that everyone, especially children, know how to get out of a burning structure using more than one exit". He also suggests investing in a smoke alarm that uses 10-year batteries.

"On behalf of firefighters across CT, I am urging all residents to recognize Fire Prevention Week by creating and practicing a home escape plan", said State Fire Administrator Jeff Morrissette.

A home escape plan also includes having working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. She added the department periodically hosts "Smoke Alarm Blitz", events which allow neighborhoods to sign up as a group for smoke alarm inspections and replacements, as needed.

Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. Volunteers went house to house to make sure smoke alarms are in the right locations and throughout the home. "Know what to do when that alarm goes off, how to get out of the house and where to assemble outside".

Call the fire department from outside the home.

So far this year, there have been 16 fire-related deaths in South Dakota. All of their stations will be open to the public for tours and to talk safety and prevention.