This week is fire prevention week, and the Lafayette Fire Department is trying to help citizens know that they need to have a plan, and they need to have two ways to evacuate their home in the event of fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you only have less than two minutes to get our of your home if it's on fire.  Their statistics show that 1/3 of people think they would have closer to six minutes.  Every second counts, so have a plan and stick to it.

The Lafayette Fire Department wants you to "Have Two Ways Out".  This year's theme tries to drive home the point that families need to have a plan, practice it and make sure it includes two ways to get our of your home if it is on fire.

“One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” says Fire Chief Robert Benoit. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize.  Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.”

For recommendations on what you should do to prepare for a fire in your home, click here.

Each day this week at 8:30 and 10:00 in the morning, The Lafayette Fire Department will host fire safety classes for kids in grades K through 1st at the Central Fire Station at 300 East Vermilion Street.