It's Fire Prevention Week, and Kenora fire chief Todd Skene provides an example of what they mean by look.

"Some of the big things were looking at. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. We get lots of cooking fires, we've had a couple this year actually. So, be aware of that, and be aware of what's on top of your stove when you're cooking," he said.

Other examples of looking include encouraging smokers to smoke outdoors, and double checking the cigarettes are completely extinguished before being disposed of. Residents should also be aware of electrical cords. Making sure they're not frayed, or too many are taking up one socket.

Skene said it's also important to know the sound of your smoke alarm.

"Listen for your smoke alarm, and when you hear your smoke alarm don't go to the fire, get out of the house. Be aware of the noise your smoke alarm makes. Now a days they're making different tones, so you want your whole family aware that that tone is a smoke alarm, and to get out quickly," he said.

Residents are also reminded of the importance of having and learning a home fire escape plan.

"You should always have two ways out. The big thing is practising that with your family and making them aware of the two ways out from each room, especially bedrooms. Fires happen at night quite often. Then the big thing is your meeting place, where you're going to meet out front," he said.

Fire Prevention Week runs until Saturday October 13.

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