OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - With fires raging in California, local fire departments are urging
people to learn how to be safe during a fire more than ever.
Fire Prevention Week is well underway and Omaha Fire Capt. Trevor Towey shared his
family's game plan with 3 News Now.
1. Smoke detectors
Make sure to check the batteries twice a year and test the detectors every month.
2. Exit plans
Every residence is different but try to find at least two escape routes per room. Discuss a meeting place for your family after everyone is out to make sure you can account for each person.
3. Fire extinguishers
Ideal for small fires but make sure some family members know how to use it. Be sure to check the gauge to see if there's enough pressure for usage.
The firefighter also recommends keeping bedroom doors closed, because it can prevent the spread of a fire and help people buy more time to get out.
Once you're out, stay out - don't try to go back inside, he said.
Escaping is just part of the game plan, Towey says, but there are some things you're
going to need after a fire but also think about beforehand.
"You're going to want your drivers license, your passport, marriage certificate, birth
certificates - kept in either a fire proof safe either in a safety deposit, your bank or [have]
electronic backups," he said.