How to help your family plan and practice a fire escape route

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The state Fire Marshal's Office is joining with agencies, safety advocates and the National Fire Protection Association for the week, October 8-14.

This year's Fire Prevention Week Theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

Hammer says parents should make sure their youngster know the plan.

You can go here to find out how to develop your own home escape plan.

Here are a few tips for developing and practicing your home escape plan.

North Metro Fire will have their inflatable safety house set up at Flatiron Crossing Mall, 1 West Flatiron Crossing Drive, from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m.

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The American Red Cross is also doing its part to keep homes safe with its creation of a nationwide Home Fire Campaign. Firefighters also said, parents need to be prepared by making sure they have working fire alarms and two different escape routes in their home. It's a common misconception that fires are something that happens to other people. A burning building should never be re-entered.

From a 911 dispatcher as a guest speaker to a controlled burn of a "bedroom" to show the difference a residential sprinkler system makes, there will be a lot to see at this year's Open House at the Godfrey Fire Protection District Saturday.

"Because if a fire catches on your house or anywhere near you, it could spread and you could get burned", she said.

"It's a very family-friendly event, and kids generally have a great time", Berkowsky said. "You really need to have one of these in your home because it's the cheapest life insurance policy you're going to get".

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.

Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department is sending firefighters into local schools to teach students strategies to prevent fires and what to do in case of one. "They can check out fire trucks and police cars, they can operate a real fire hose, and it's also an educational opportunity".

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