With the coolest weather so far this fall, many Arkansas residents are turning their heaters on for the first time this season. This is timely because Oct. 6 to Oct. 12 is National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s campaign encourages people to develop a fire escape plan for their home.
According to Beau Buford, assistant fire chief of North Little Rock Fire Department, people should regularly make sure their smoke detectors are working. He also says people should never take batteries out of smoke detectors to use in other devices. Parents should educate their children about firefighters so they will not react fearfully in an emergency situation, he says.
"The most important thing is prevention," Buford said.
He suggests practicing EDITHs which is an acronym for exit drills in the home.