Utica, NY (WIBX) - In the case of a house fire, do you have an emergency escape plan in place?

The Utica Fire Department wants to make sure everyone does, as they travel to local elementary schools in support of National Fire Prevention Week.

This year's theme is "Have Two Ways Out!,"  focusing on the importance of having a fire escape plan and knowing what to do in an emergency.

Starting tomorrow, and until October 17th, firefighters will make stops at eleven schools in Utica to discuss how escape plans work and what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

They'll also offer other safety tips, including where to place smoke alarms and where to establish an outdoor meeting place in the case of a fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010, fire departments responded to nearly 370,000 home structure fires, which totaled almost $7 billion in direct damage.

2012 Fire Prevention Schedule:


Tuesday, October 9:
9:30 AM Watson - 107 Elmwood Pl.
11:00 AM Kernan - 929 York St.

Wednesday, October 10:
9:30 AM Notre Dame - 4 Barton Ave.
11:00 AM  - HR Jones - 2630 Remington Rd.

Thursday, October 11:
9:30 AM - Albany - 1151 Albany St.
11:00 AM - Conkling - 1115 Mohawk St.

Friday, October 12:
9:30 AM - Columbus - 930 Armory Drive

Monday, October 15:
9:30 AM - Gen. Herkimer - 416 Keyes Rd.
11:00 AM - Jefferson - 190 Booth St.

Tuesday, October 16:
9:30 AM - Hughes - 24 Prospect St.

Wednesday, October 17:
9:30 AM - Martin Luther King - 211 Square St.