October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week and AM Minnesota will be broadcasting from the Kenyon Fire Department Monday.

Last week Faribault Fire Chief Dustin Dienst gave us some safety tips and talked about their open house held last Saturday.

We are scheduled to visit with Kenyon Fire Chief Scott Miner from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

This year's theme is "Every Second Counts. Plan 2 Ways Out."

In a fire seconds really do matter.  A period of seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely and losing a life or multiple lives.

That's why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme the necessity for an escape plan.

As my good friend and former Faribault Fire Chief Mike Monge used to say you don't have a plan if you don't practice it.

Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association.

  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year.  One at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave, this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside.  Never go back inside a burning building.

You could have less than 2 minutes to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm goes off.

Our visit in Kenyon will also focus on rural fires like combine fires or grass fires and grain bin safety.

If you can't tune in 9:30 a.m. take in the program during a more convenient time for you by going to our Youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/KDHLRadio.

Kenyon Volunteer Fire Department Truck. photo by Gordy Kosfeld