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State officials urge residents to create fire escape plan

When a fire occurs, there's no time to formulate an escape plan. State officials are urging residents to create a plan during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to 15, to ensure the needs of everyone in the home are accounted for.

The theme of the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” according to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM). 

“It’s important for everyone to have a home fire escape plan and practice that plan. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at


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