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The cooler temperatures of fall may be on the way, but cooler temperatures also bring an increase in home fires. It is recommended that every home be equipped with smoke alarms and have a home evacuation plan.

Draw a floor plan of your house and sketch out the exit routes. Review this with your family and assign an outside meeting place so if the family escapes by different routes, you can quickly locate each other. Decide who is to take charge of smaller children. Now is also the time to change the battery in your smoke alarm!

Submitted by: Joe Roetter, safety director