NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state fire marshal's office is urging Tennessee residents to create an escape plan in case a fire sparks in their homes.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates for one-third of American households, it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their homes became life-threatening.

Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says fire is unpredictable and moves faster than people realize. She says creating and practicing an escape plan can help get individuals out of their home quickly and safely during an emergency.

In creating the plan, suggestions include drawing a floor-plan of the home and marking two ways out of every room if possible.

Officials also suggest installing smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home.

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