Fire Prevention Week Starts Monday

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"Fire Prevention Week is an annual reminder for all citizens to be prepared in case the next fire happens to them". He also said that fires spread quickly throughout mobile home parks, so residents need alarms to escape. Practice fire drills at home.

Several cities across the state are planning Fire Prevention Week activities.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out".

It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8,1871, and did most of its damage October 9. Both the Fremont Fire Department and the Fremont Rural Fire Department are participating in Fire Prevention Week.

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During Tuesday's meeting of the finance and administration committee, Dan Herback, Pembroke's fire chief, said this year there won't be an open house, but promised a better one next year. A lot of those are classroom-type tours. "We're always available for businesses as well", Welle said.

Usually held on the Saturday during Fire Prevention Week, which this year runs October 8 to 14, the event has proven popular, attracting 400 to 500 people.

"It's a good reminder for us to make sure if they have a sprinkler system that it's been tested and maintained, that their fire extinguishers have all been inspected annually and that they know what to do".

Bernt says while Fire Prevention Week is only recognized nationally one week of the year, the Fremont Fire Department promotes fire prevention every day of the year. "So awareness of what's going on around you and just paying attention to those details - that would help to prevent even a small fire", he said. Visit your city's website to see if any events are planned in your area.

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