Every second counts: Fire prevention week

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Stouse strongly encourages individuals and families to develop a plan together and practice it.

Another message from the Milwaukee Fire Department - make sure you have a working smoke alarm. Make sure there are two ways out from each room and a clear path to outside from each exit.

If you want tips from the fire rescue on avoiding kitchen fires, how to do a safety inspection at home, or how to make an escape plan for your home, you can click this link here.

One of the most basic but vital elements of home fire safety is having a home escape plan that everyone in the household has practiced. Whatever building you're in, get low and get out, but be sure to know the escape plan before the room fills with smoke. Topics range from "stay low and go", don't back into the house or building to retrieve anything, and smoke detectors. Realize why it is so important to have an escape plan and two ways out.

Cravens says the department has seen nearly 200 home fires so far this year. "Fire Prevention Week is one opportunity to initiate awareness of how to protect you and your family from harm's way and to give you the tools you need to maintain a safe home and yard".

Valley school kids are learning life saving lessons during Fire Prevention Week from the men and women who put out flames for a living.

The statement serves as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week.

Firefighters say it's never too early to start teaching fire safety.

According to a survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three-quarters of Americans have created an escape plan in case of a fire at home.

The department also is holding a Touch-a-Truck event from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday at the La Parrilla parking lot at the Shoppes at River Crossing. Homeowners or renters can call their local Red Cross chapter to schedule an appointment, and our gracious volunteers will come to their home to install up to three, free smoke alarms.

Once you've determined your two ways out, look for anything that might block access to an escape, such as furniture, and consider how many precious seconds could tick away moving it if there were a fire.