Oct. 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week, which stresses the importance of having a home fire escape plan in place.
When it comes to getting out of your house if there’s a fire, you really do have to make every second count. In fact, if a fire starts in your home, you only have two minutes to escape because under the right conditions a fire can double in size every minute, according to the American Red Cross.
That’s why you should install smoke alarms on every level of your home, at the bottom of every stairwell and outside each bedroom. Test smoke alarms every month and replace the batteries as needed.
It’s also critical to develop an escape plan and practice your plan until everyone can evacuate the home in less than two minutes.