Fire prevention week

Every 85 seconds, someone’s home catches on fire.  That is according to the National Fire Protection Association.

By now, just about everyone knows smoke detectors should be in your home.  What you may not realize, though, is that the location of those smoke detectors is crucial.

Paducah Fire Department Deputy Chief Greg Cherry said now is the time to check your smoke detectors.

"If you don’t hear a sound, you’ve got a bad battery or a bad smoke detector and you need to change it," said Cherry.

Cherry also reminds that you and your family need to have a plan.

"Well you need to have two ways out, so if it’s a bedroom make sure the kids can get out the bedroom window if they are unable to get out the door," said Cherry.

He said when minutes matter, seconds count.

"Smoke detectors are early detection, that’s key of getting out of a fire safety, early detection, plenty of time to wake up and get out of the house before it’s too late," said Cherry.

Also, make sure to have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every level of the home.   Link up all smoke alarms throughout the home, so when one sounds, they all do.  Test alarms at least once a month.  Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old and have a meeting place where your family can safely meet outside the home.

To learn more about smoke alarms and "Hear the Beep where you Sleep," click here.

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