Editor's Note: The following press release is from the Eagan Fire Department.
You are awaked in the middle of the night with your smoke detector sounding.
You gather your family as you make your way to the front door. You find that the door is blocked by smoke and fire.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is "Two Way’s Out." The open house is Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Eagan Fire Department encourages residents to take this theme a step further by creating and practicing their fire escape plans.
Creating a fire escape plan is simple. Fire Department staff offers these tips:
- Walk through your home with your family and agree on two ways out of every room.
- Explain how to check doors for heat prior to opening them.
- Then determine an outdoor location, such as a tree, boulder or mailbox, where the family can meet once they have left the home.
- Now that you have presented the plan, practice it by sounding a smoke detector and having everyone evacuate to the meeting place.
- Remember, have “Two Way’s Out.”
"It’s important to establish your fire escape plan and practice it with your family," says Marie Segar, Fire Prevention Specialist for Eagan. "Fires are scary so it’s important to remove a bit of the fear by ensuring every family member is prepared for what might happen."
Learn more about how to create a fire escape plan along with other fire Prevention activities by attending the Eagan Fire Department's Fire Prevention Open House that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Eagan Fire Safety Center/Station 2 located at 1001 Station Trail, east of Lexington along Yankee Doodle Road.