Learn how to stay safe in case of fire
Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and this year’s campaign seeks to educate people about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds, according to the NFPA. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
Mr. Hughes suggests taking the following readiness steps to keep you and your family safe:
• If a fire occurs in your home, a working smoke alarm can save your life. Make certain that smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and outside of each sleeping area, while testing smoke alarms monthly and changing the batteries at least once a year.
• Put together and practice your escape plan so everyone knows what to do in the event of a home fire.
o Make sure everyone knows at least two ways out of every sleeping area.
o Make sure someone will help children, older adults and people with disabilities wake up and get out.
o Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
o Practice what to do in case of smoke: Get low and go. Get out fast.
o Establish a safe meeting place away from the home and make certain everyone understands that once they have left the burning structure they should never go back inside.
o Call 911 from a safe phone.
• Put together an emergency kit that includes a comprehensive list of contact information as well as digital copies of personal and valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
For more information on fire safety, visit the websites of the NFPA, the U.S. Fire Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.