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Tips to stay safe during a fire for Fire Safety Month

Story By Lilly Zoller
Local News Published 10/23/2021 12:07PM, Last Updated 10/24/2021 3:44PM
Rhinelander - October is Fire Safety Month and, as it comes to an end, it's important to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly and you know what to do in case of a fire. The Rhinelander Fire Department preaches two things: get low and go, and get out and stay out. Get low and go means that if you're in a burning building, it's best to crawl your way out.

"Smoke and fire and heat--it all rises, so as that fire builds it banks down, and that cool, clear and safe-to-breathe air is all towards the bottom," said Luke Drummond, a firefighter with the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Drummond's other major tip is that once you're out of the building, do not go back inside. This is true even when you have important belongings you may have left inside.

"You're not going in for people, you're not going in for pets, you're not going in for medications or memorabilia or anything like that," said Drummond. "Money."

The Fire Department encourages you to check your smoke detectors monthly and to change the batteries twice a year. You should also talk with your family and decide on a meeting spot outside the home in case of fire. 
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