Firefighters Have Tips On How To Prevent - And Survive - Fires

Firefighters Have Tips On How To Prevent - And Survive - Fires

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The Watertown Fire Department wants residents to know what to do if there's a fire and how to avoid one.

That's what Fire Prevention Week is all about.

Firefighters from the city's fire department have been traveling to schools this week teaching children about fire safety. 

Fire Chief Dale Herman says there are lessons everyone can learn.

The year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" 

A lot of people use a front door to escape during a fire, but firefighters stress that it's important to have another way, like a window. 

Herman says in the city, there are a few common ways people start fires.

"Many of the fires originate here in town, the primary one is insufficient maintenance of heating equipment, unattended cooking, and unattended smoking are the three big causes of fires we see here locally," he said.

Here are some ways families can practice fire safety:

- Practice a home fire exit plan, using different ways to get out. 

- Test your smoke detectors every month by pushing the test button and change the batteries twice a year. 

- Sleep with bedroom doors closed, it could slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 

- If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll.

- Make sure cigarettes butts are extinguished.

- Routinely have a certified technician check heating equipment

- Be attentive while cooking on the stove.

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