During "Fire Prevention Week" this week, the Bluffton Township Fire District is making sure Lowcountry families are prepared if or when a house fire happens.
This year's theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"
BTFD wants families to draw a map of their home and in each room identify two ways out of that room. They also want families to draw escape routes from each room in the home.
Then, practice those routes twice a year, once during the day and once at night.
Fire officials want parents to teach their children how to escape the home by themselves in case an adult cannot help them.
When getting out of the home, close the doors to slow the spreading of flames, and, once outside, stay outside.
BTFD Captain Randy Hunter also said a family's first line of defense is a working smoke alarm.
"We recommend that you check your smoke alarm once a month. There's a little button on it. You can get a broom handle and step ladder. Push it, it'll beep. We want to make sure we change our batteries twice a year. When we change our clocks, we change our batteries," he said.
If you would like BTFD to check your fire exit plan or smoke alarm, call headquarters at 843-757-2800.