Over the last two days we’ve covered some pretty good topics on fire prevention and what you can do around the house to prepare. Today we’ll cover the word LEARN, as in learn what to do in case of fire. This is arguably the most important topic as it involves you and your family’s safety in the event a fire does occur.
HAVE A HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
Do you have an escape plan for your home? A home fire escape plan is an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan should be developed and practiced ahead of time, that way you know what to do when the smoke alarms go off or you see smoke in the home.
Here’s some planning and safety tips to help you along in your plan development:
- Draw a map of your home showing all the doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
- Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone knows to meet.
- Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year. Practice makes perfect.
- Practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them. Its a scary thought, but it could happen.
- Close doors behind you as you leave (more on this below)
IF THE ALARM SOUNDS…
- Get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets
- If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.
- Call the fire department from outside your home.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. This may give you more precious seconds to get to safety.
- According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three American households have actually developed and practice a home escape plan.
- One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The truth is, the time is often less.
Remember, fire safety and prevention starts with YOU!
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