Tulsa, Okla. - National Fire Prevention Week next week could just as easily be named "Fire Survival Week," because the focus this year is on crafting an escape plan for you and your family.
Just as important, says Tulsa Fire Department Captain Stan May, is making sure that you practice that plan with some fire drills, especially if you have young kids.
"Your kids need to know how to get out of the house, from any part of the house and where you're going to meet up at," May said.
That meeting place outside the house is just as critical as getting out of the house, he said.
"Y'know, once they get out of the house, you've got to make sure you get ahold of them and make sure they don't go back in, so it's very important," he said.
By coincidence, next week will be fairly cold and many people will be turning on their furnaces for the first time, a common cause of housefires.
May reminds people to make sure they have a clean air filter and recommends having a trained technician give your furnace a tune-up, especially if it's an older furnace.
National Fire Prevention Week coincides with the Great Chicago Fire that happened on October 10th, 1871.