This week marks National Fire Prevention Week, always celebrated during the full week that contains the anniversary of the Chicago Fire, October 8th. Here in Jackson Hole, Fire Inspector Eric Borgeson says an important element of fire prevention pertains to preparing wood-burning appliances for the winter season. Borgeson recommends having the flue cleaned out at least once a year to assure you have clean burning in the appliance throughout the winter without the threat for chimney fires. Borgeson also reminds people with such appliances that ashes cleaned out of a stove need to be placed in a fireproof container outside the home and on a non-flammable surface. At the same time, Borgeson says Jackson Hole Fire/EMS is emphasizing this year’s theme which involves a family’s safe evacuation from a home if necessary. Borgeson says families should discuss two ways to evacuate the home in the event of a fire and set a meeting place outside the home to be able to assure everybody is there and safe. Borgeson says the department will be bringing fire engines and ambulances to the area’s schools and visiting with students about fire safety and sending home information for parents as well to remind them to change the batteries in their smoke detectors and other fire safety information.