Don't panic. Philly is staging a citywide fire drill Thursday

Philadelphia fire truck
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By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Fire Department is staging a citywide fire drill Thursday night. It's a chance for residents to practice their home escape plans.

Firefighters at 6 p.m. will stage a real response to a fake fire at the Wynnefield home of a fire lieutenant. The family who lives there will simulate evacuating the house, running through their home escape plan. 

At 7:30 p.m., fire trucks from all 63 Philadelphia fire stations will sound their sirens, signaling the start of a citywide fire drill. 

The fire department is urging people to use that opportunity to practice their own home escape plans. Those plans should include making sure they know two ways out of each room, getting out of the house in two minutes or less, and then having a designated family meeting place outside.

So if you hear sirens at 7:30 p.m., most likely, it's only a drill.