Oct 8, 2012 8:32 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Firefighters spread message of National Fire Prevention Week

This is National Fire Prevention week and local fire departments are working to get the word out.

San Luis Obispo City firefighters are visiting elementary schools this week.

Their message is "Have 2 Ways Out."

It's the theme of Fire Prevention Week and a reminder that every family should have two planned exits to escape each room in the house in case of fire.

"In the U.S. alone, there were over 1,300,000 fires last year, and of those fires there were over 3,000 deaths related to fires," said Nathan Williams, San Luis Obispo City firefighter. "There were over 17,000 injuries related to fires as well, and if we can go out there and prevent just one of those, we're doing our job."

Firefighters say it's important to make sure you have working smoke detectors installed in your home and to practice your family's escape plan twice a year.



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