Firefighters Get Zany in Their Fire Safety Education Efforts

We think they're heroes for making this video. It might save a life, but guaranteed to make you smile.

This is Fire Prevention Week, and a couple of Michigan firefighters thought doing something a little off the wall might just get peoples' attention about a serious subject. It definitely caught our attention!

First you have to understand that a big part of Fire Prevention Week is reminding people to have -- and practice -- a plan of escape in case of fire. This year's theme is Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape . Two firefighters in Novi , about 45 minutes north west of Detroit, literally got out their capes and masks to demonstrate, with the help of the Public Works Department's mascot, Brad.

Seems like the whole town has a sense of humor:

Seriously, fire safety isn't a laughing matter. The National Fire Protection Association says in a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time your smoke alarm sounds. Coming up with an escape plan that your whole family knows and practices can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

The organization has lots of resources on their website, including guides for making an escape plan, safety reminder sheets you can post on the refrigerator, even community and classroom lesson plans and activities for kids to educate them about the importance of fire safety (click here) .

If you don't have a fire escape plan, now is a good time to make one. Thanks to the NFPA for helping everyone come up with a plan, and thanks to those two Novi firefighters (if we knew who you are, we'd thank you by name!) for making it fun.

(Video: City of Novi Facebook page . Additional image: NFPA Facebook page )

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