There is an old saying that states, “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.”
So now is the time to get your plan ready so that if it is ever needed it will be in place. Every family needs a plan on how to survive a house fire.
Fires are scary for adults, so imagine how frightening they are to children. This is why it is so important to get the kids involved in the plan also. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has given us their 2012 theme “Have 2 ways out” They are encouraging parents to have family members work together to draw a floor plan of their home.
The drawing should show every room, window and door with arrows indicating possible exits. And they should note a safe meeting place outside.
A fire escape plan should:
–show two exits from every room.
–Include a family meeting place.
–Be practiced several times a year.
If you have a plan and haven’t practiced, you may sit there trying to decide what to do, losing valuable time .
After you develop your fire escape strategy, practice during daylight hours, using equipment such as fire safety ladders. Then try a surprise drill. Remind kids of the basics–stay low, test doors, use planned exits and never go back into a burning structure.
Mark the location of fire extinguishers in the house . Have them inspected annually and contact your fire department to learn how to use them. Remember to change the batteries in you smoke detector twice a year. I do mine when we change the clocks for daylight savings.
Three minutes is the amount of time it can take a fire to consume a room says Tom Harned, Liberty mutual engineer manager.
Most of this material comes out of the Liberty Mutual magazine. I think it is definitely worth thinking about. Be safe and Be prepared.
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