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Preparing Your Family for a Fire
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Created on March 22, 2013 @ 4:22PM
Over the past few months, there's been several fires all over the country that have killed children, including one last week in Calhoun County.
That's why firefighters want to remind you to talk with your children about what to do in case there is a fire at your home.
They said the first thing you should do is create an emergency escape plan. Involve the entire family in this, so everyone knows what to do if your home would catch on fire.

There should be at least two escape routes from every room in the house. That way, if one way is blocked or has too much smoke, your children will know another way out.
Another thing parents should do is create a meeting place outside for everyone. By doing this you can make sure the entire family is out of the home, and that no one is trapped inside or went back in.
"At a very young age, children are educated on fire escape drills when they go to school, so that should be practiced at home as well. They always need to know two ways out, they need to have a meeting place outside of the residence," said Lt. Steve Himes of the Elkins Fire Department.

Firefighters said you should practice your emergency drills at least three times a year.

They also said to change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year, so you know they'll always be working.

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