August 30, 2014

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Fire Prevention Week reminds Kentuckians to ‘Have 2 Ways Out’

Escape plan prepares families to think fast, get out quickly. Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week in Kentucky. The National Fire Protection Association sponsors fire prevention week annually and this year the theme is “have 2 ways out.”

“Kentucky families should take time together to map out a plan for escaping a home fire,” said William Swope, state fire marshal and director of the Division of Fire Prevention. “But don’t stop there. After you have mapped out two emergency exits, practice the plan with your family. This is the ultimate ‘great escape.’”

Here is how to get started:

Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.

Visit each room. Find two ways out.

All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.

Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place.

Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.

Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.

Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.

Practice, practice and practice your home escape plan.