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Barrow department dedicates October to fire prevention

Special Photo Barrow County Emergency Services recognized National Fire Prevention Week with demonstrations for youngsters.

Special Photo Barrow County Emergency Services recognized National Fire Prevention Week with demonstrations for youngsters.

WINDER -- Barrow County Emergency Services is devoting the month of October to educating the public on fire prevention and safety. If there's a key word, it's probably "options."

This year's theme for the Barrow department is "Have Two Ways Out."

"As part of a home escape plan, every family should have two ways out of their homes," department spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin said. "They also need to practice these escape plans regularly, so that if a fire occurs, they know exactly what to do."

The safety initiative was launched in conjunction this week with the 2012 National Fire Prevention Week. Barrow firefighters will be out throughout October, visiting elementary schools and other organizations and businesses as they focus on teaching fire safety and prevention.

"The more citizens that we can talk with and explain some simple steps they can take to reduce the chances of a fire ... the better it is for Barrow County," Dakin said. "Also, the more families that have a home escape plan, and practice that plan, the better the chances are for them to survive if a fire occurs."

Dakin shed light on a sobering reality: When a home catches fire, it can be engulfed in minutes.

When creating escape plans, "think about what you would do if your first escape route was blocked by fire," Dakin said. "What is the next closest escape route?"

For more information on fire safety and prevention, log on to www.usfa.fema.gov or call Barrow County Emergency Services at 770-307-2987.