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      National Fire Prevention Week kicks off

      It can take just a few minutes for a home to become completely engulfed in flames. That's why 'Have 2 Ways Out' is the theme of this years National Fire Prevention week.

      "It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan," says the Nation Fire Prevention Association website.

      The Sylvania Township Fire Department will be hosting their first Fire Safety Festival this Saturday. Fire fighters will be working with the schools to get the fire safety education out. Along with this children may enter a drawing for tons of bicycles and safety helmets provided by local business sponsors by performing additional fire safety tasks.\

      Check out some basic fire safety tips from the Compliance and Safety website.

      National Fire Prevention Week began to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. This blaze killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

      Do you know two ways to get out of your home in case of a fire? Do you practice an evacuation plan?