October is Fire Prevention Month

October 8-14 Fire Prevention Week in Kansas

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm Sounds: Do you know what to do?

On September 22, Governor Sam Brownback officially proclaimed October 8-14, as Fire Prevention Week in Kansas. The Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) will use this year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out,” to educate the public about the vital importance of developing a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it twice a year.

Consider this scenario: It’s 2-o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

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. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.


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