Don’t Get Caught With No Way Out!
In the United States, firefighters are called every sixty seconds to respond to a house fire. Worse, it is reported that an individual is killed in a house fire every three hours. In a fire, every second counts. It is important to react rapidly and accordingly, so that everyone can safely escape the fire. An escape plan can get you and your family out of the home quickly and save lives.
Follow these steps when creating your escape plan:
- Practice escaping from EVERY room in the home: The best escape plans have two ways out of each room and are practiced monthly.
- Security bars require special precautions: If you have security bars on doors or windows, ensure they have a “quick-release” latch and that everyone in your family knows how to use them.
- IMMEDIATELY leave the home: Designate an individual to call 911 from a neighbor’s home and avoid the temptation to save property.
- NEVER open doors that are too hot to the touch: Use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and the door frame. If it’s hot, use your secondary escape route.
- Get down low: More people succumb to smoke and toxins in the air before burns. Always remember, “Bad air up, good air down. Stay low and go.”
- ONCE OUT, STAY OUT! Designate a meeting place outside and take attendance. NEVER go back into the home.
- Install working smoke detectors in the home: Make sure there are smoke alarms on each story of the home, in each bedroom, and in hallways if you sleep with your bedroom door closed. Replace batteries once a year, and test smoke alarms once a month.
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