This is Fire Prevention Week.

We join FEMA and U.S. Fire Administration, as well as the National Fire Protection Association in promoting awareness. The national campaign encourages everyone to "Have Two Ways Out."

A news release states: Home fires can happen at any time and spread in just minutes, claiming the lives and property of those affected. Everyone should think about escape plans. Hundreds of thousands of fires happen in and around American homes every year, killing or injuring thousands of people and causing untold damage to families and communities. In 2010 alone, a total of 362,100 residential fires resulted in 2,555 deaths, 13,275 injuries, and more than $6.6 billion in property loss.

The release continues:

FEMA Region III Acting Regional Administrator Robert Welch encourages everyone to prepare for and try to prevent fires: "In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Having an escape plan and practicing it can help you get out quickly."

We agree.

Check your smoke alarms and work on an escape plan - then practice with the whole family.