Albert Lea Fire Rescue reminds residents to plan escape routes in case of fire emergencies

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(ABC 6 News) – As fire departments across the county take part in National Fire prevention, the Albert Lea fire department stressed the importance of having a family fire drill plan in place.

Departments use this week to host open houses, training, and educational events, plus it’s an opportunity to connect with the people they serve in the community. 

Wednesday evening, families were encouraged to go over their evacuation plan in case a fire took place at their home.

Some of the main things to think about when creating a plan include:

  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place at a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household.
  • Get out of the home, and stay out, before calling 911.
  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities

It’s planning and preparation that could make all the difference when split seconds count.

Albert Lea Firefighter Brandi Krenz said planning and learning about fire prevention isn’t something just for kids, but the entire family.

“It’s also important for the adults to pay attention. There are a lot of things that we notice when we go into rental inspections that people don’t realize could be a fire hazard. Dryer vents, we’re talking about smoke detectors all of those things are really crucial, even though they seem so minor,” Krenz said.

According to the National Fire Prevention Week Association, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the awareness campaign.

The next open house is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 417 S Newton Avenue in Albert Lea.