This week is National Fire Prevention Week, a chance for people across the country to take a look at how prepared they are for the unimaginable.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nationwide there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the U.S.in 2015, the previous year for which figures are available.
Learning stations and demonstrations will offer families tips on fire prevention and tools to ensure safety comes first in the home. "Every second counts, plan two ways out", is this year's theme and the Lafayette Fire Department is tackling this message head-on. "The objective of Fire Prevention Week is to educated the public on the importance of fire safety education". Conduct one drill at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practise using different ways out.
While inside, children learn how to dial 911 and what to say, and what to do if they see items that may cause a fire - such as a damaged electric cord in the house.
The Forest View Gang Mills Fire Department was one of them and is traveling to local schools to get the word out on fire safety.
If you have an automatic fire alarm system, have it serviced by a certified alarm company at least once each year. By the end of their program, even the youngest of students at Dragon's Wagon Preschool were dutifully replying "two" when asked how many exits they need in an escape plan. Topics range from "stay low and go", don't back into the house or building to retrieve anything, and smoke detectors.
One of their biggest topics is smoke alarms.
Another common fire hazard are clothes dryers that haven't been cleaned properly - or run continuously for long periods of time. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.
"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".
Thank you for publishing this letter to help increase safety from fire.