Plan escape routes during Fire Prevention Week

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Fire Departments across the U.S. are reminding people to plan two ways to get out of each room and a path from each exit.

Have a home escape plan and hold fire drills to make sure all family members are familiar with the plan.

"No matter where you're at in that home, whether you're a child, an elderly person or anybody else in the home, they should know if that doors blocked, I can go out this door or that window".

Pick a meeting place outside in front of your home for everyone to meet at after evacuating the home.

"The smoke alarm program started as a joint effort between ICT and the State Fire Marshal's Office which has strongly supported the use of smoke alarms", said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas. Topics range from "stay low and go", don't back into the house or building to retrieve anything, and smoke detectors.

Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year. It's a common misconception that fires are something that happens to other people. Make plans to help them get out of the house.

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"It's going to be very dark and smoky and there's a lot of fear at that time", said Jaco.

"It also gives them opportunities to ask questions about fire safety and to learn more about the firefighters and what they do every day".

The live fire demonstration will take place at 1 p.m. and will show how quickly a fire grows and the benefit residential fire sprinklers can provide. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. "As we all learned earlier this year when there was a room on fire at Mimosa hall, students assumed that it was just another fire alarm and did not evacuate".

In fact, today's home fires present increased risks to occupants.

In London, the number one cause of house fires is unattended cooking. The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

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