Governor Sam Brownback officially proclaimed October 8-14, as Fire Prevention Week here in Kansas. The Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal will use this year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out,” to educate the public about the vital importance of developing a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it twice a year. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely. In 2016, there were 2,106 residential fires, resulting in 25 deaths and 72 injuries in Kansas. All Kansas households are urged to develop a plan together and to practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance from the home. For more information about Fire Prevention Week activities in Kansas, visit
Source: VNC News

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