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What to do if smoke alarm sounds in the middle of the night

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COLORADO - The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control want to inform the public on what to do if a home smoke alarm sounds in the middle of the night. 

The Division of Fire Prevention and Control says people need to have an escape plan in case of a fire. According to Fire Prevention and Control in a typical home fire, residents have two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

“Fire and smoke move faster than you,” said Michael Morgan, Director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC). “There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts. Practice an escape plan before there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”

This year's Fire Prevention Week is from Oct. 8-14, the theme is "Every Second Counts: Plans 2 Ways Out!" working to educate the public on the importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. 

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control say the public can be prepared in advance by following these simple steps:

  • 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  Practice your home fire drill twice a year.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Once you get outside, stay outside.
  • Never go back inside a burning building.

For more information, visit us at http://www.colorado.gov/dfpc

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