Prepare your family's emergency plan in case of fire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) The state fire marshal's office is urging Tennessee residents to create an escape plan in case there's a fire in their home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, one-third of American households estimate that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home became life-threatening.

That's why the Knoxville Fire Department trains students using the Exit Drills in the Home Program and the Fire Safety House.

"One fallacy is that children, oh they have a window in their room, but unless that child knows how to open that window, knows how to get the screen out and knows how to get down outside, they don't actually have that second way out until they actually practice it," said fire educator Paul Trumpore.

Students walk through each motion of escaping their home during a fire. From smoke alarm to drop and crawl, they end making an exit from a second story window by ladder.

"By teaching the children, you know they are the enforcers. We think of parents as the enforcers, but the kids are the ones who will say, 'Mom, firefighter Paul said not to do that," said Trumpore.

This is something encouraged for families of all ages. The fire marshal's office suggests drawing a floor-plan of the home and marking two ways out of every room if possible.

Officials also suggest installing smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home.

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