Eldon Ledoux, public information officer for the St. George Fire Protection District, spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Oct. 11.
Ledoux’s topic was Fire Prevention Week, held Oct. 7-11. Its theme was “Have Two Ways Out,” and Ledoux suggested that everyone should make a home map and mark a door and window that can be used to get out of every room, choose a meeting place outside in front of the home, have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice an escape plan twice a year.
He stressed that most house fires start in the kitchen and to never walk away from a pot on the stove. He talked about Christmas lighting and to make sure that electrical cords are checked each year as they can get brittle and are very dangerous. He warned against taking ashes from a fireplace and placing them in plastic trash cans or near the house.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd.
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