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Fire prevention campaign is working in Ada

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Ada Fire Chief Rob Johnson says every home should have one to two smoke detectors. (KTEN) Ada Fire Chief Rob Johnson says every home should have one to two smoke detectors. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- Throughout the month of October, the Ada Fire Department will bring in local students to talk about one theme: Not every hero wears a cape, so plan and practice your escape.

"[Youngsters should] practice with their parents, grandparents... whoever they live with at the house, have a plan in place, and practice that plan,"  Fire Chief Rob Johnson said.

It's Fire Prevention Month, and there are several precautions you can take.

"Every house should have one to two smoke alarms, depending on the size of the house," Johnson said. "We recommend testing them monthly, and changing the batteries twice a year. The kids need to know what the smoke alarm sounds like. They need to be familiar with that."

October is also the perfect time to educate the public about fire safety. Firefighters say with winter right around the corner, there's a much higher chance for fires.

"We have structure fires all year long, but during the wintertime, when everyone's firing up their heaters and stuff like that for the first time, that's when we start having a rash of fires and they start happening a little more often," Deputy Chief Joe Allen said.

This education campaign seems to be working. The department has documented a decrease in house fires in recent years.

"We've seen right away with fire prevention, talking to school-aged children, a 25 percent drop right away in accidental fires at the homes," Chief Johnson said. "Teaching them that lighters and matches are not toys."

Firefighters say it's important for every household to make sure heaters and chimneys are maintained before winter hits.

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