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Every second counts: Fire prevention week

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Fire Chief Duane Antle says Fire Prevention Week is a good time to remind homeowners to ensure they have working fire alarms in all corners of their home.

It's Fire Prevention Week, and firefighters across Hampton Roads are reminding people of some simple safety ideas because every second counts.

Firefighters will be visiting Ocean City Elementary School on Wednesday to promote fire safety and fire prevention. Captain Mark Nugent with the Horry County Fire Rescue said it's important to change the batteries, but it's also important to check the date on the smoke alarm. Sadly, this outlook puts millions of Americans at risk, as they fail to check their smoke alarms or develop an escape plan. Chances are, if you answered that question succinctly, you've already made an escape plan from your home in the event of a fire or other disaster.

In their detailed escape plan, they not only have 2 ways out of every room, but contingency plans including fire extinguishers and an escape ladder for the second floor.

The Lawton Fire Department will be hosting a Coffee and Cars event Saturday, October 14 as part of Fire Prevention Week.

The London Fire Department simulated the fire at a home on Eldorado Ave.

Practise your home fire drill twice a year.

The NFPA recommends making an escape plan that shows two ways out of every room in case one exit gets blocked.

"Don't play with matches, lighters, things like that", said firefighter Brad Graham, of Omaha Fire Department. Go to neighboring residences and call emergency services, and most importantly, never go back inside a burning building.

"You can teach them how to get out of a window; you can teach them how to go under the door crawl under the smoke". The Marshall Fire Department smoke house will also be on site. Reliable, properly placed smoke detectors are vital to keeping your family safe.

"We tell folks to make sure their alarm systems are up to date and if they're having issues to contact the alarm company so they can correct it", he said.

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