Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10, 2015. This is the third blog of 3 dedicated to the 3 P’s of fire safety… Prevention, Planning, and Practice.
Local fire departments are active every day, not only responding to incidents, but also in actively promoting fire safety. Thanks!
Our ability to get out in an emergency situation depends on advance warning and planning. Here are some guidelines to ensure you and your family’s safety around the home.
Have a family fire drill to practice your plan at least twice a year. Get out quickly, but carefully. Appoint someone to be a monitor and have everyone participate.
- If you live in a 2-story house, keep portable fire escape ladders in all upstairs bedrooms.
- If you live in an apartment building, use stairways to escape. Never use an elevator during a fire as it may stop between floors or take you to a floor where the fire is burning.
- Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat. Everyone should practice getting low and going under the smoke to the exit.
- Closing doors on the way out slows the spread of fire, and provides more time to safely escape. In a fire situation, test doors before opening them. While kneeling at the door, reach up as high as you can and touch the door, the knob and the door frame with your hand. If the door is hot, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it with caution.
- In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan.
- Close all doors between you and the fire.
- Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in.
- If possible, open windows so fresh air can get in.
- Call the fire department to report your exact location.
- Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.
Here are links to the 2 earlier blogs…
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