Keep Your Family Safe At Home

Keep Your Family Safe At Home

Keep Your Family Safe At Home

EDITH -Exit Drills in the House

When a home fire strikes, it's too late to start developing a home fire escape plan. Every second counts. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. And it only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames. More than half of home fire deaths occur between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., when most people are sleeping. Pre-school children and older adults over 65 years of age are twice as likely to die in a home fire as any other age group.

Escape plans help you get out of the home quickly and safely. Everyone in the home needs advanced preparation, so they can snap into action when the smoke alarm sounds. Develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

 It's not enough to have a smoke alarm. Protect your family by planning and practicing a home fire escape plan.

 Make a fire escape plan for your family. Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For the best detection and notification protection, install both ionization- and photoelectric-type smoke alarms. Some models provide dual coverage. The type will be printed on the box or package. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries once a year.  Know how to put out a small pan fire by sliding a lid over the flames. 
  • Teach every family member to “Stop, Drop and Roll” if clothes catch fire. 
  • Consider having a home fire sprinkler system installed in your new home, or when you remodel. 
  • Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher. 
  • If you have a fire in your home, once you get out, stay out. 
  • Do not go back inside for any reason.

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