Help make your community safer when you present this “Plan Your Escape” information card. It focuses on the necessary planning and preparedness steps that individuals need to take in order to be fire ready. Individuals may have as little as two minutes to evacuate their home, a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
The presentation card begins by addressing escape plans. Families with children in the house can begin their escape planning process by drawing a floor plan of the home that shows two ways out of each room. Household members should walk through every room in the house, noting all the exits. Making sure that hallways, doors, and windows are not blocked.
Another important part of an escape plan is the outside meeting place. This location should be far enough away from the house so as not to endanger anyone. It also needs to be visible from the street so that emergency workers can assist the victims. Include the meeting place on the escape plan and keep that plan somewhere where everyone in the house can see it.
Preparedness comes with practice.
Home fire drills should take place at least twice a year and at night, too. Practicing this plan provides a good opportunity to ensure that everyone is familiar with their escape routes and the Safe Meeting Place.
Households with individuals who require extra assistance must take this into consideration during escape planning.
Additional precautions for being fire ready include installing smoke alarms in the appropriate locations and maintaining them. Household members should know to test doors for heat before opening them as well as to crawl low underneath smoke.
In conclusion, is one of the most important in preventing fire related deaths and injuries. Individuals need to remember that once they’re out of a burning house, they must never go back inside. Get out and stay out!
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More information on home fires can be found on Ready.gov