Fire Prevention Week: Create an escape plan

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Fire departments across the east are raising awareness about the dangers of fires and how to stay safe during this year's Fire Prevention Week.

The theme of this year's campaign is "Every second counts, plan two ways out."

The week aims at educating the public on the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency, including having an emergency home escape plan and practicing it.

Your plan should include having working smoke detectors on each level of your home and knowing two ways out of every room.

Typically, the safest route is through a door or a window with a clear path to an outside meeting place that's a safe distance from the building.

Fire Prevention Week kicked off on Sunday, October 8 and runs through Saturday, October 14.



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Fire Prevention Week will kick off this Saturday in Onslow County.

Onslow County Emergency Services, in partnership with the American Red Cross and other sponsors, will host their Fire Prevention Week kickoff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowe's parking lot on Western Boulevard.

The day will include hands-on activities for both parents and families to learn about fire hazards, disaster preparations.

Emergency services will also work to install up to 120 fire alarms, hoping to make 2,000 fire alarm installations this year.

Fire Marshal Brian Kelly says Emergency Services will also accept new registrations for fire alarm installations.

The event is free and open to the public and includes take-disaster relief preparedness items.


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Fire departments everywhere will be increasing awareness about how to stay safe as Fire Prevention Week kicks off next week.

This Saturday, Onslow County Emergency Services, in partnership with the American Red Cross and other sponsors, will host their Fire Prevention Week kickoff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowe's parking lot on Western Boulevard.

The day will include activities for both parents and families to learn about fire hazards and disaster preparations.

Emergency services will also work to install up to 120 fire alarms, hoping to make 2,000 fire alarm installations this year.

"NFPA, the folks that help us put this event on, tell us that one in four will experience a fire at some point in their life and so if we look around the room that could be, and most often is, someone in our family, our next door neighbors, it impacts everybody," explains Brian Kelly, the Onslow County Fire Marshal. "And the reality is we need to be ready in case it affects us."

The event is free and open to the public and includes take-away disaster relief preparedness items.