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Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!
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7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire
You know your entire family should practice your escape plan twice a year. But what is your escape plan? These guides will help you decide:
Then, use our template to draw your home's unique escape routes:
If you have a fire, smoke alarms can cut nearly half your risk of dying in a fire. Smoke alarms sense abnormal amounts of smoke or invisible combustion gases in the air. They can detect both smoldering and flaming fires.
Learn smoke alarm basics in just 2 minutes:
Install carbon monoxide alarms to alert your family to this invisible, odorless, colorless gas before it’s too late. Carbon monoxide is created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. Even a small amount of carbon monoxide can poison or kill a person if it is breathed in over a long period of time – such as overnight while sleeping.
Fire Safety tips 1. Install and Maintain Smoke AlarmsSmoke alarms double the chance of your family surviving a fire, so it goes without saying that you should have several.
2. Beware of Common Fire Risks in the KitchenMost home fires start in the kitchen during cooking — usually on stovetops —not in the oven. Be sure to stay in the kitchen when cooking, frying, or grilling on your stovetop.
3. Use Home Heating Equipment SafelyHeating equipment, like space heaters, is involved in 1 of every 6 home fires. Furthermore, 1 in every 5 home fire deaths and half of all fires caused by home heating occur between December and February.
4. Maintain Your Appliances - Especially DryersDryers are responsible for about 9 out of 10 appliance fires.
Before you begin to fight a fire with a fire extinguisher, be sure that:
Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher:
Returning Home After a Fire
Stay safe when returning to your home after a fire:
Recovering After a Home Fire
Once you are physically safe, take time to ensure your family’s emotional and financial well-being.
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Step 1: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
Creating and practicing a home fire escape plan is simple. Follow the steps below to make sure everyone in your home is prepared and knows what to do in case of a home fire.
It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children may become very scared and need clear direction and help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.
Fires can start anywhere in the home and at any time, so run through the plan at different times of the day or night and practice different ways out.
Step 1: Know where to go. Review your safe meeting place. Explain to your kids that when the smoke alarm beeps, they need to get out of the house quickly and meet at that safety spot.
Step 2: Check your smoke alarms. Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know the sound.
Step 3: Do the drill. Have kids head to their bedrooms and wait for the drill to begin. Assign adults to help young children. Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill. Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer and have everyone book it to the safety spot. Once everyone gets to the safe meeting place stop the timer. If you all made it in under two minutes, you each get an imaginary gold medal. If not, give it another try. In a real fire, get to the safe meeting place, then call 9-1-1 and keep everyone close until firefighters arrive.
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