January 9, 2015
Do you have an emergency plan in place in case of a house fire? Or have you thought about it but just never followed through? There’s no better time than now to make sure you and your family know what to do if a fire happens.
According to the American Red Cross, if a fire starts in your home, you may have only two minutes to escape. That’s just one reason why it’s imperative to have an escape plan and to practice it occasionally with everyone in the house.
Don’t downplay the important of working smoke detectors throughout the house either. The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Each one should have working batteries, meaning you need to test them periodically.
Here are some additional tips from the NFPA:
- Make a home escape plan.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible.
- Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home.
- Practice your fire drill, at night and during the day, at least twice a year with everyone.
- Practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own, just in case you can’t help them.
- Close doors behind you as you leave.
For even more information on fire safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association.