Having a practiced fire escape plan gives everyone in your family the vital life saving steps of what to do and where to go in there's a fire in your home. It's crucial that you and your family talk about all the possibilities, dangers and to watch out for their siblings...Know how to call 911, have emergency contact numbers of friends and neighbors. And to know their own address. Get your family involved in planning and practicing the escape route.
Work out what is the faster and safest path for each family member for escaping the danger. Just as your kids have fire escape drills at school, your family needs to practice a fire escape plan at home on a regular basis. Another important point is...Do you have Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in your home? If not Install them Today! And if you live in a 2 story home do you have Fire Escape Ladders?
Nearly all house fires take place between 8PM and 8 AM...The biggest numbers of death from fire happen between midnight and 4AM, while everybody is typically sleeping. Approximately 800 fires happen in residential homes daily. Yes that's right, Daily! Over 6000 people die yearly from home fires. Oftentimes, people get confused and disoriented because of the smoke and from smoke inhalation. There's very limited visibility during a fire. I CANNOT stress enough the importance of having a escape plan for you and your family!
In these terrible situations, it's real easy to get lost or trapped in your own house. That's why, it's so vital that you practice safety and fire drills and yourÂ escape plans regularly. It's an highly crucial part of home safety and your family's well being. Practicing fire drills lessen the probability of panic and injury. Well informed people will have a greater chance of escaping the fire with their lives.
The Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder will provide a fast and safe escape route from a second story bedroom in the event that all other routes are blocked. Take the time to know how to use this ladder and practice it with your children. Make it a part of your fire escape plan!
Â The 1st step isÂ planning ahead, knowing what to do when a fire occurs is the difference between getting out and being trapped! Make sure you have smoke detectors in place and make sure they are working. If you have a home alarm system...Have a fire alarm system connected to it to. These systems and detectors monitor changes in temperature and can give you the extra minutes to get out...And in the event of a fire you'll only have minutes to act!
If a fire happened in your house tonight...Would you be protected and alerted? Would you and your family know how to get out safely? It's vital that everybodyÂ knows what to do and where to go if the smoke alarm goes off.Â Please take a few minutes with your family to make a fire escape plan. Here's a sample plan...
>>> Step 1) Sketch out a floor plan of your home...Show all the possible ways to escape. Show all the doors, all the windows and all the stairways. This will give you and your family all the possible fire escape routes fast. Include any key features of your home, such as the other roofs below windows, that would help in your escape. Most of us have digital cameras...Take some pictures of your house...Then draw on the picture in black marker of the escape route, and have each picture in each room.
Have 2 escape routes out of every room, some rooms may only have 1 escape route. The door is the main fire exit from each room. [It's a good idea to get in the habit of sleeping with the doors closed] However, if that escape route is blocked because of smoke or fire, have an 2nd escape route, which will probably be a window. Make certain that all windows open easily and that escape ladders are handy and that that everyone knows how to use this 2nd route to safety. If your home is equipped with window security bars, make sure their equipped with quick-releasing devices.
>>> Step 2) Will anybody need help to escape?...Choose ahead of time who will help grandma and grandpa, or any other seniors, or disabled people in your household. A couple of minutes of planning will give you extra minutes during a real emergency.
>>> Step 3) Pick out a safe place to meet that everyone will remember... A tree, street light ,neighbor's home are all good options. In the event of fire, everybody will go directly to this pre determined spot so they can be accounted for.
>>> Step 4) Alert the fire department, do this from outside your home...Do not use up valuable seconds phoning them from inside your house. When you have all safely escaped, call the fire department with a cell phone or from a neighbor's phone.
>>> Step 5) Practice your fire escape plan...Go over the plan with everybody. Go through the escape routes room by room with yourÂ entire family. Use this walk-through session to make sure your escape routes will work, making sure all the exits are practical and easy for family members. Then have a fire a couple times a year and keep track of how long it takes for all members to get to the safe spot. In a actual fire, you must respond without hesitation as your escape routes can quickly be blocked by smoke or flames.
This may sound silly or unnecessary...But if you do have a fire you'll be glad you did have smoke detectors and a escape route in place as you console all your family members in your spot!