Fire officials urge people to look out for hidden dangers at home

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — October is Fire Prevention Month, and firefighters want to remind you it's a good time to take a look around your house for hidden hazards.

Chuck McQuilkin, vice president of the Philadelphia Fire Fighters and Paramedics Union Local 22, said this is the month you should stop and review how prepared you are for a fire emergency. It all starts with a home escape plan.

"When you are in a dangerous situation, your mind reacts different then it would when you are not in danger, so the home safety plan is muscle memory," he said.

"You make it fun for the kids and then they will know automatically what to do if God forbid a fire does happen. And it's important because their lives depend on it. Practice makes perfect."

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