How to cre­ate an ef­fec­tive fire safety plan

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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.

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