It's National Fire Prevention Week. Do you have an escape plan?

This fire on April 10 destroyed 19 units at the Eastwood Village complex in Stockbridge. This National Fire Prevention Week, the Henry County Fire Department wants you to plan and practice your escape in case your home ever catches on fire.

McDONOUGH—The Henry County Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

The effort encourages Henry County residents to plan in advance for a house fire so that everyone inside knows what to do.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Henry County Fire Capt. Michael Hunnicutt. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy, said people usually have between one and two minutes to get out of a burning house once the smoke alarm goes off.

“Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out,” Carli said.

According to the NFPA, there were 357,000 home structure fires in 2017, resulting in 2,630 deaths and 10,600 injuries.

While NFPA and the Henry County Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

The Henry County Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” including Henry’s Night Out, which takes place Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1850 Jonesboro Road, McDonough.

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Henry County, call the Henry County Fire Department at (770) 288-6600.

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.

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