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Be sure to make a fire plan

Sunday marks the first day of Fire Prevention Week.

While it sounds like just another reminder, it could be more.

For example, did you know that if there is a fire, you have less than two minutes to escape after a smoke alarm goes off?

That is why the National Fire Protection Association recommends people make an escape plan before an emergency happens.

First, make a map of the house and how to escape. Second, mark smoke alarm locations and make sure are fresh batteries are installed. Third, pick an outside meeting spot to make sure everyone made it. Fourth, make sure everyone knows how to call 911 from a mobile phone or a neighbor’s house.

The family should practice the fire escape plan at least twice a year to make sure everyone is familiar with it.

Just a few minutes, twice a year, can make all the difference when it comes to saving a life.