"Fire Prevention Week is an annual reminder for all citizens to be prepared in case the next fire happens to them".
"With a practiced plan, you and your family will feel more confident in your ability to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire".
In addition, people are encouraged to practice a home fire drill twice a year - once at night and once during the day.
Second and third place finishers in each group will also be invited to the fire station awards luncheon.
In a fire, you may have just seconds to safely escape your home.
In recognition of national Fire Prevention Week, the Springfield Fire Department announced plans for open houses at two different fire stations.
A number of community organizations will be participating, including representatives of the Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Police Department, Hanover Fire Department, Virginia Department of Forestry, Richmond Ambulance Authority and American Red Cross. The week runs Sunday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 14.
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"We will have the "crawl low in smoke" during a fire, call 911 and, "'stop, drop and roll' if your clothes are on fire", learning stations, Sebold said.
During Tuesday's meeting of the finance and administration committee, Dan Herback, Pembroke's fire chief, said this year there won't be an open house, but promised a better one next year.
"We are the keepers and we have to make sure they are safe".
The Fire Department is inviting residents of all ages.
"The last thing we want to see is the devastation a fire could cause - personal injury or even death or even just the loss of your possessions".
For more information regarding fire safety or forming an house fire escape plan, visit the NFPA's website at www.nfpa.org/fpw or contact the Edwardsville Fire Department at 692-7541.
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