Michigan residents are being asked to develop and practice emergency escape plans during the state's Fire Prevention Week.
Gov. Rick Snyder designated Oct. 8-14 as a time for citizens to re-evaluate what they would do in the case of a home fire.
“Having a home fire escape plan provides the skill set and know-how to quickly and safely escape a home fire situation and can literally make the difference between life and death in so many instances,” said State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer in a statement. “I urge every family to develop and practice two ways out of the house so every member of the family knows what to do in case of a fire.”
Once a home catches fire, families have as little as one or two minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Newly-constructed houses burn faster and produce toxic gases because of materials used in the building process, making it increasingly crucial to have an escape plan, he said.
“Pre-planning is critical and it’s what everyone will draw upon to jump into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire,” Sehlmeyer added.
A home escape plan also includes having working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas.
Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) also provided 11 tips to make sure everyone gets out of a home safety in the event of a fire. Click through the slideshow to view the tips and additional information.l