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Fargo firefighters offer safety tips, station tours during Fire Prevention Week

FARGO — As part of a national campaign, the Fargo Fire Department is encouraging residents to participate in Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8-14.

In a typical home fire, people have one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds, according to fire officials. Residents are urged to create home escape plans in case of a fire. The fire department offers these additional tips:

• Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Practice your home fire drill twice a year.

• 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.

All seven of Fargo's fire stations are available for tours from 6-8 p.m. during Fire Prevention Week.