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Check smoke detector batteries

People should always keep a close eye on outdoor fires.
Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11, dates that mark the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire which occurred October 8-10, 1871, and left 100,000 people homeless.

Fires of such magnitude would be rare today. But even one house fire can be deadly. That’s why fire officials recommend installing smoke detectors and checking them regularly.

The Middlesex County Volunteer Fire Department in Urbanna will install a free smoke detector in homes. Call the Urbanna Town Office at 758-2613 to set up an appointment.

Smoke detectors should be installed near or in every sleep area.

Remember to change the battery at least once a year. Changing the batteries during Fire Prevention Week is an excellent way to remember this important job.

Everyone should have a fire safety check list:

  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
  • Teach everyone the “Stop, drop and roll” technique in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Teach children that matches, lighters, and candles are tools, not toys.  Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.

Remember that time counts.  Call 911 immediately to report a fire.

posted 10.04.2008

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