Safety is the goal of Fire Prevention Week

Spartanburg Fire Marshal Brad Hall talks with students at Spartanburg Prep about fire safety

Spartanburg Fire Marshal Brad Hall talks with students at Spartanburg Prep about fire safety

He said if it's more than 10 years old, you need to completely replace it. "And over and over so that it becomes second nature to you", Smith said.

However, Fire Prevention Week does more than teach stop-drop-and-roll.

Forbush said the second week of October was selected as Fire Prevention Week because it coincides with the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that destroyed more than three miles of the city and killed 300 people.

This year's theme is a reminder: 'Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!' Fire Prevention Week kicked off Sunday and lasts through Saturday, Oct. 14.

- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. When a fire breaks out, things happen fast, and you should always have a plan of escape. The NFPA suggests a location such as a tree or mailbox.

Call 9-1-1 from outside and make sure your address is easy to see from the road. Staying low means you can crawl below the smoke.

"If it is plugged into the wall, there is still power going into it", Forbush said.

"Fires occur in residences most often and you have about two minutes to get out due to the smoke", he said.

The FSC has been doing research and have created the "Close your Door" campaign.

Have heating systems cleaned/serviced each year to insure continued safe (and efficient) operation.

MFD personnel will also demonstrate how they rappel, cut up cars with our "Jaws of Life", and put out fires with a live fire demonstration. The time decrease in safely getting out is due to all of the synthetic materials in the furniture and even the way homes are being built. If you touch the door and it is hot, do not open the door. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. Residents can also have them installed for free.

The writer is Fire Chief of the Belleville Fire Department. Along with conducting Operation E.D.I.T.H. tonight, the fire department is opening its doors to the public on Thursday and Friday in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.

"That's why we are trying to educate the public, the fire is not just our fight, the fire is everyone's fight".

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