You should have smoke alarms in the right spots in your home, develop a fire escape plan and then practice how you would escape with your family.
That's the message the Jefferson City Fire Department will be promoting next week as part of National Fire Prevention Week.
"Many homes in Jefferson City may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old or alarms that are not working," said JCFD spokesman Jason Turner. "We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level, including the basement, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. Plus, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be replaced."
For the eighth year in a row, Jefferson City firefighters will be teaming up with Lowes Home Improvement installing smoke alarms in homes on Oct. 9 and 10.
JCFD will also host fire station tours and will visit all the elementary schools to talk to kids about fire safety.
To find out more about fire prevention week programs and activities and to schedule a tour of a fire station, contact the department at 634-6401.