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Tips for fire prevention week

Posted at 12:16 PM, Oct 07, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — National Fire Prevention week takes place October 6-12 and the Omaha Fire Fighters Association, Local 385 is sharing some tips to help prevent fires and keep your families safe.

According to the Omaha Fire Fighters Association, only one in five families practice fire escape plans at home and only half of parents say their children know what to do in event of a fire. In addition, they say fires in homes are the biggest disaster threat facing families with more than eight in ten fire-related deaths resulting in home fires.

They include:

  • Prepare for the practice by drawing out a plan based on the exits around the home.
  • Pick a family safety spot that’s near your home and a safe distance away.
  • Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know what the beep sounds like.
  • For children under six, assign an adult to help them.
  • Use a timer to ensure everyone is at the safety spot in two minutes or less (this is how much time a family has to safely exit the house in the event of a fire).

They also recommend holding a home fire drill this Sunday on National Home Fire Drill Day!