Fire Prevention Week underway

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The weather is changing, but fire officials are reminding people to be fire safe. In fact, it’s Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 6th to the 12th.

The theme this year is, "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape." The message is for both adults and kids to do a little bit around the house to save lives.

Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer says seconds can mean the difference between people escaping safely or having their life end in tragedy.

He recommends people check their smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly. Practice your home fire drill twice a year, preferably one at night and the other during the day. Teach your kids how to escape on their own, if you can't help them. To help slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire, close the doors behind you. One thing Palmer stresses is having multiple exits.

"In March of 2012 in Reno, we had a fire that killed two juveniles and the reason why they were killed was because they only had one way out and that one way out was blocked by fire,” said Palmer. “That's real important to us and we teach that. Have a window or have two doors or have one door and two windows, but know two ways out."

Once you are out, Palmer says have a safe meeting place.

While it’s Fire Prevention Week nationally, the Reno Fire Department has extended it to the entire month of October with the focus on educating elementary-aged children on preventing tragedies by conducting home escape plans.

The fire department has also teamed up with the American Red Cross to give people, who can't afford it, a smoke alarm and/or bed shaker alarm. You can get one by calling 775-334-2300.

To have someone from Reno Fire come to your class, call the same number.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, click here.

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