As we mark Fire Prevention Week October 6-12, the Hannibal Fire Department reminds you that staying safe involves more than just checking the batteries in your smoke alarm.

While well-placed smoke detectors are the first defense in staying safe in a fire, you also need to make sure you have an escape plan and that you've practiced it with your family.  The H.F.D. suggests including two ways out of the house in your escape plan.

You also need to establish a meeting place outside the house where all the members of your household will gather.  It's also important to practice your escape plan both at day and during the night.  You can find more tips here:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Fire-Prevention-Week?

Fire Prevention Week is observed in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which broke out on October 8, 1871.  That famous blaze killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.