E-T Staff Report Many people and families follow a series of items on a schedule or a to-do list to keep things running smoothly. However, there is one item that should get top billing on everyone's list - plan and practice a home fire escape.

Whether the list of tasks is posted on the refrigerator door, is a running tally in your head or takes on the form of a reminder that lives in your latest organizer gadget - the time is now to get this item moved to your “done” list, according to Stephenville Fire Marshal Gary Nabors.

“Everyone thinks that tragedies like home fires happen in other communities and to other people,” Nabors said. “That's probably what the people affected by the 381,000 home fires that occurred in the United States in 2005 thought too, before it happened to them.”

Unlike many things that can get postponed for a day or two with little consequence, planning and practicing your home fire escape simply isn't one of them.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3,030 were killed in those fires - that's one person every three hours. Does preparing for escape still sound like something that can be put off for another day?