Few of us realize how quickly and easily a fire can start in our homes. Fortunately, there is an easy and affordable way to prevent this from happening: the smoke alarm.
The smoke alarm is designed to provide an early warning in the event of a fire and allow you sufficient time to reach safety. Many people don’t have smoke detectors in their home or do not properly maintain the smoke detectors that they do have. (more…)
Practicing fire drills, knowing your way out and having an escape plan are all important safety procedures to follow. However, in the event of a real fire, do you know what to do? Our typical instinct would be to run but there are some things you need to consider before you run for the closest exit.
If you are in a closed room with a door you should:
-Check to see if there is smoke or heat coming in from the cracks around the door. This would indicate that there is a fire on the other side of the door.
-If you see smoke or feel heat coming from the cracks around the door- do not open the door!
-If you don’t see smoke coming from the cracks of the door, touch the door and the doorknob. If the either are hot or even warm –do not open the door!
-If you don’t see smoke coming from the cracks of the door and the door and doorknob are not warm or hot, slowly open the door and begin to follow your escape route to an exit.
-If you begin to encounter smoke as you make your escape, stay low to the ground, crawling on your hands and knees as you make your way to your escape exit. Smoke rises and this will allow you to stay below the smoke.
-Whatever you do- DO NOT STOP FOR ANY BELONGINGS, PETS, ETC. Get yourself out of the fire!
This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Have Two Ways Out!” This theme was created to encourage families to have a fire escape plan and backup plan in place and to practice both plans regularly. (more…)