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"Talk about when this happens, it's going to be ok, we just want to make sure you know what to do in this situation", said Carmel Fire Department Public Information Officer Tim Griffin.

That's the message being stressed during Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 8 to October 14.

· Close doors behind you as you leave - this can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

Families are encouraged to make a map of their homes, marking two exits from each room, and should practice that escape plan twice a year.

"A good thing to do before the weather gets too cold, is check the date on your carbon monoxide detector, your smoke alarm".

Open House programs at select firehouse locations in the City during the weekend of National Fire Prevention Week.

Activities will include a fire hose demonstration, a demonstration on cooking fires, advice for building a safety kit, and other fire safety tips including burn care, Robidoux said. They also say you should have two exit plans and a family meeting point should a fire occur.

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925, beginning a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion.

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In a news release on September 27, Lorraine Carli with the NFPA wrote that modern home construction, with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, contributes to an increased rate at which home fires burn.

Van Gorkom says to not only check batteries this time of the year, but to look at the age of the units to ensure they are up-to-date.

Make sure your house number is visible from the road so the fire department can locate your home.

"Plan 2 Ways Out!" is so important and reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

Join us at 1200 Kentucky Street anytime from 5 to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there! Installation of the alarms also is free, he said.

Practice! Hold a fire drill during the day and one at night.

During Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Sunday to Saturday, Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services (CKFES) and the Chatham Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU) will be encouraging residents to take action to reduce the risk of house fires.