County begins Fire Prevention Week

The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association for Fire Prevention Week starting today and running through Oct. 13.

During the week and throughout the month of October, the organizations are urging residents to "Have Two Ways Out," to focus on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

"One home structure fire was reported in the United States every 85 seconds in 2010," said Lt. Colin Rhoden of Gwinnett County Fire Department. "Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried-and-true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family's safety should fire break out in your home."

During Fire Prevention Week, there will be a statewide fire drill on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a make-up date on Oct. 17.

To find out more about the week's programs and activities in Gwinnett, call 678-518-4850 or email the "Education Section" at www.fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com. To learn more about "Have Two Ways Out!," visit NFPA's website www.firepreventionweek.org.