Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out

Jenna Warner
October 12, 2017

They say many families don't know how to get out of the house if a fire breaks out. Tuesday to mark the start of Fire Prevention Week and highlight the need for all families to have not one, but two escape plans.

Among the practical tips included is the recommended installation of Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (AFCIs), which are devices that can prevent more than 50% of the home electrical fires that occur in the US each year.

Each year, the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA) develops a theme for the week and this year's theme is "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!"

"It is critical that residents have working smoke alarms in case of a fire emergency", Capt. Warren Robinson said. Chances are, if you answered that question succinctly, you've already made an escape plan from your home in the event of a fire or other disaster. In conjunction, Rowan University and the Glassboro Fire Department have advice for students on ways to prevent and respond to a fire.

The Horry County Fire Rescue is raising awareness on fire safety for Fire Prevention Week.

Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.

House fires are common this time of year and are usually caused by heating systems according to fire officials.

Over the last five years, in 36 per cent of fatal home fires, there was no smoke alarm warning (in 18% there was no smoke alarm and in 18% the smoke alarm did not operate).

Deputy State Fire Marshal Gary West emphasized to News 2 how important home fire drills can be. Topics range from "stay low and go", don't back into the house or building to retrieve anything, and smoke detectors.

"They are cheap and can get you out of the home when your escape route is blocked", he said. The Little Rock Fire Department offers smoke alarms to Little Rock residents who need one. "At first, we sought cities that had experienced a number of fire fatalities, but we've have since tried to reach out to fire departments in every corner of the state".

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