How to create an effective fire safety plan
CARPENTRY of fire can provide families with the information they need to evacuate safely.
HARDWOOD FLOORING Evacuation plans and drills should be established and practiced frequently so that getting out alive becomes second nature. However, only about one-quarter of households have actually developed and practiced a home-fire escape plan, according to the NFPA.
The following guidelines can help families customize their fire escape plans.
• Find two ways out. Look at your home’s layout and identify two ways out of every room, if possible. Walk around the house in each room and practice what to do if a fire broke out in that space, offers Safe Kids Worldwide.
• Choose an outside meeting place. Establish a spot to meet a safe distance in front of the home where everyone can gather after they’ve gotten out safely.
• Assign help to those with mobility issues. Elderly adults, infants or young children may have difficulty escaping on their own. Plan a buddy system so that a key person in the household is responsible for rousing and helping another from the house.
• Check fire protection. Be sure that there is a working smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every level of the house.
• Drop it low. Heat and smoke rise and escaping on hands and knees is essential for survival.
• Practice several times a year. Conduct a fire drill a few times each year, and choose a different escape route each time. Invest in a UI-certified collapsible rescue ladder and attach it at least once, advises The Fire Department of New York, in case a second-story evacuation is necessary.