Fire Prevention Week: Planning and Practice

By Haley Burton

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) National Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13.

This year's theme centers around the importance of fire escape planning and practice. It is "Have 2 Ways Out."

"You should have two ways out of your home. You should plan for it and practice it. You should have two ways out of the bedroom, in fact two ways out of every room of your house. Plan it with the kids and practice the plan. You should also have a meeting place outside. It's something to follow through with," said Daniel Eggleston, Fire Marshal of the Binghamton Fire Department.

Click here for more information on Fire Prevention Week.

Eggleston says the week is also a time to make sure your smoke detectors work.

He also says people need to be careful around fireplaces, portable heaters. Other safety tips include keep kids away from the stove and not leaving cooking unattended.

National Fire Prevention Week is always held near the anniversary of the great Chicago fire of 1871.

As a part of the week, the Binghamton Fire Department will be speaking to kids in schools next week about fire safety.

They will also hold a special event on Wednesday, October 10, where they honor firefighters who died in the line of duty with a mass and a breakfast.