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Practicing fire safety

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WSIL -- The Illinois Fire Marshall urged residents to practice better fire safety after reporting 21 fire related deaths in January alone. 

"They need to have an escape plan for their home. Have two ways out of every room and practice that." said Herrin Fire Chief, Shawn Priddy. 

But when the time comes to execute that plan Priddy says, "stay low, get out as quick as you can, go to a meeting place and make sure that everybody gets out."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than three quarters of all fire-related deaths happen in the home. 

Nearly half of those fires start in the kitchen, but a quarter of fire related deaths start in the bedroom. 

"Make sure your smoke alarms work, that you have the right number of smoke alarms in your home," said Priddy.

Most fire related deaths happen in homes where smoke detectors don't work or are absent. 

The Herrin Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross since July of last year, providing more than 169 homeowners with a sense of security, free of charge. 

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