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Kids Getting Fire Safety Tips

12 October 2017, 12:28 | Erma Lawrence

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Despite many advancements in safety technology, Lawton Fire Marshal Mark Mitchell said house fires today actually spread much quicker and are much more risky than they were in the past.

The daycare holds fire drills every month and the Fire Prevention Week campaign suggests to hold fire drills in your home too and establish escape exits.

Traditionally running from October 8-14, this year's Fire Prevention Week theme; "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" provided an opportunity for firefighters to teach children the importance of an escape plan and what to do if the house is on fire.

The children learned about fire prevention and safety, and also received coloring books and a junior firefighter plastic hat. That plan should have more than one exit and a meeting place. A plan, practiced regularly, ensures that everyone in the home knows how to use those precious few minutes wisely.

Between 100 and 200 attend the Northglenn Safety Fair and around 200 to 300 typically attend the Fire Safety Fair hosted at Flatiron Crossing Mall. When a fire breaks out, things happen fast, and you should always have a plan of escape. If you are using a space heater, don't leave any loose fabrics near it because they can be caught on fire. You've got to have working smoke detectors in your home. Officials say having a first and second way out could save your life.

The statement serves as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week.

Many people have fire extinguishers in their homes, but Forbush said people should not depend on them to put out anything more than basic kitchen fires.

"It's a very family-friendly event, and kids generally have a great time", Berkowsky said.

Make sure your children know the emergency phone number for your fire department, as well as how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. Homeowners or renters can call their local Red Cross chapter to schedule an appointment, and our gracious volunteers will come to their home to install up to three, free smoke alarms.

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