Sunday, January 27, 2013

Your Family's Escape Plan

Every family should have a home escape plan and should practice it frequently.  Practicing a fire escape plan and fire safe behaviors can mean the difference between life and death.  Here are tips on creating and practicing your family's plan:

  • Involve the whole family in planning.
  • Draw a diagram of your home marking the locations of all windows and doors.
  • plan two escape routes out of every room in your home.
  • Designate an adult to help young children and others who might have a difficulty escaping.
  • Every member of the family and frequent visitors to the home should know and practice the escape route.
  • Teach children to stay close to the ground when leaving the home.
  • Teach children to touch doors with the back of the hand to see if they are hot.  If they are, use a secondary escape rout.  If not, open doors slowly.
  • Set up a specific meeting place outside the home for everyone to go to following an escape and teach children to never re-enter a home for any reason.
  • Practice the escape plan at least once a month.  Try practicing a night to see if children wake to the smoke alarm.
  • Smoke and fire can hinder sight so try practicing your escape route with your eyes closed or in the dark by feeling your way around your home.
  • When in full gear, a firefighter may appear frightening to a child so teach them not to hide from them.  Try taking them on a tour of your local fire station.
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