Fire Prevention Week

By: Lisa Blackwell Email
By: Lisa Blackwell Email

Alabama ranks as the third worst state in the nation regarding deaths and fire related injuries, with 87 fire related fatalities in 2006.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, firefighters across Alabama are spreading the word about fire safety and what you need to do to be prepared.

From schools to the malls, they're getting the word out about how most people die because they are not getting out of their homes in time.

Eighty percent of fire deaths occur inside the home, which is why fire officials say it's so important to have an evacuation plan and practice it at least twice a year.

Officials say what you don't realize is that fires start and spread quickly, to the point that the home becomes inhabitable in less than two minutes.

Captain Chris Etheredge with the Dothan Fire Department said, “Every member of the household must know how to get out of the house, at least two ways out of the home, because your primary route could be blocked by fire. [Also], every member of the household should know where their meeting place is.”

And, remember to consider family members with special needs.

Sergeant Donnie Driskell, with the Dothan Fire Department said, “For family members that have certain needs, special needs, disabilities; you always want to have and maintain a clear path so they'll have access to reach the exits without being in danger.”

In addition to a plan, make sure you have a working smoke detector and call 911 after you have safely left the building.

All steps you can do to save your life and the life of someone you love.

Alabama's Department of Public Health encourages everyone to participate in the statewide fire drill on Friday, October 12th by practicing your plan in your home.

For more information on fire safety and developing an escape plan, visit or contact your local fire station.

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