Keeping your Family Safe during a Fire
Two Minutes. Could you get your family to safety in just 2 minutes? If a fire were to break out in your home that may be all the time you have to get everyone out, so being prepared is critical. During a fire, an early warning from a working smoke detector and a well practiced evacuation plan can help save the lives of your loved ones. Learn what else you can do to get everyone to safety.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home including the basement, and both inside and outside of very sleeping area.
- Test the smoke alarms monthly. If they are not working then change the batteries.
- Replace the entire smoke alarm unit very 8-10 years, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
In the event of a fire, every second counts, so it is important to make sure that you and your family are prepared.
- Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
- Make sure that everyone knows two ways to escape from every room in the home, in case the primary way is blocked.
- Establish a family meeting place outside of the home.
- Establish a family communication plan and who they should call if they can’t find each other.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
- Teach children to not be afraid of the firemen or to hide from them.
- Make sure everyone knows how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes are on fire.
- Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed or in the dark. Fires produce a black smoke making everything dark very quickly.
Nothing is more important than your family’s safety. Having a plan and being prepared is your best defense against a home fire. Your home and your material items can be replaced, but your family cannot. Practicing your family emergency plan on a regular basis can help everyone be prepared and can help save lives.