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Having a sound escape plan can greatly reduce fire deaths and protect your family if a fire occurs.

The U.S. Fire Administration said time is the biggest enemy and every second counts.

Escape plans help get you out of your home quickly.

It said a small flame can get out of control in less than 30 seconds. Fire officials said planning is the key.

"Design your own escape plan for yourself that way the children will have a meeting place to come out that way their parents won't run back in when they don't see their children. If they see them in a meeting place. They know there safe," said Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader.

Smoke alarm batteries should be tested monthly and changed at least once a year.

Also, consider replacing the smoke alarm every 10 years.