Home Fire Escape Plans
The last thing you want to happen is to be coming up with a fire escape plan when a fire is already taking place. Home owners should always have a plan in place to get their loved ones out of the building quickly and safely. There are multiple things that should be kept in mind while developing these plans. The National Fire Protection Association has laid out a list of things to do to accomplish this. This list includes tips such as:
- Make a plan with everyone in your household. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes and identify the locations of smoke alarms. Draw a floor plan of the home for children showing at least two ways out of each room (windows and doors).
- Closed doors can slow fires and the accompanying identifiers. Smoke alarms should be in or outside of every bedroom and on every level of a home.
- Make sure all identified escape routes are clear and that doors and windows can be opened quickly and easily.
- Pick a place outside that is a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make note of this spot on the escape plan.
- Make sure your address is visible from the street for first responders to see.
- Make sure everyone knows the emergency phone number of the fire department so anyone in your home can call in the emergency.
- Make sure that one or more people is capable of and assigned to the task of helping infants or elderly family members out of the home.
- Make sure that security bars have emergency release devices inside for a quick escape. They will still keep your house secure, but in case of an emergency, they will be less likely to catch or stick.
- Make sure that your guests know your escape plan and that when you are a guest you know your host’s escape plan.
- Whenever a smoke alarm sounds be prepared for it to be a real fire.
- Never go back into the building. If you have a family member or pet missing from your outside meeting place, alert the first responders of this when they arrive. If you go back in you risk getting stuck inside yourself, so let the professionals do the rescuing.
In the event of a fire, being prepared is key. By making a plan and practicing what to do before the situation occurs, you and the people you love are much more likely to make it out with little to no injuries.
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