“Currently, seven have been changed to red,” said Cherokee County Fire Marshal Chief Chad Arp. “Four of the seven structure fires were preventable.”
Impacted by today’s flammables, Grisham said another concern is that people no longer have 6 – 8 minutes to escape.
“Now it’s only 1 – 2 minutes to get out due to things we now build our homes with and what our furniture is made out of, it incinerates faster,” she said.
Having and practicing a fire escape plan is paramount. Grisham believes that everyone in your home should know the fire escape plan - babysitters, guests and family.
“It’s that muscle memory,” Grisham said. “It’s about actually practicing it so that they understand that if in the middle of the night they are woken up out of their sleep they remember what to do.
“Practicing in both daylight hours and at night when it is dark because it’s a different scenario,” she added.
Included in the campaign is their educational program called “Close before you doze.” That means close your door to your bedroom before you go to sleep.
Having your doors closed at night in the event of a fire can prevent a lot of damage to your home and also give yourself more time to escape.
Once a month test your batteries. Once a year replace your batteries and once a decade replace your smoke alarm as they expire.
The campaign will run through Jan. 1. Seven of the fire stations throughout Cherokee County, including the headquarters on Chattin Drive, are participating.
“I’d like to see others look forward and help increase awareness,” he said. “A reminder of seeing a wreath on their way home and knowing what the wreath is about just might remind one to unplug the tree or blow out that candle.”
For help with smoke detectors or more information, visit www.cherokeecountyfire.org, closeyourdoor.org or call 770/479-5172.
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