Fire Prevention Week: How to Make a Home Escape Plan

10/19/2017

Fire Prevention Week is a national event developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) every October. Annually, the campaign focuses on an important aspect of fire safety to promote education and awareness. This year from October 8th to the 14th, the goal is to help you create a practical home escape plan to use both now and in the future. By coordinating with the NFPA, NSFR has devoted time and resources to inform our community of 2017's essential objective.

2017 Campaign Overview

"Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" is the current theme designed to assist you in devising a plan you and your family can regularly practice. Your procedure should involve working smoke detectors on every floor, including all bedrooms and sleeping areas, that you test every month. Also, it's crucial to determine two ways out of every room. Usually, this means any doors and windows that provide pathways to a safe spot outside of your home. A tree, a light pole or a mailbox offer great examples of places where you can decide to meet as a household. With a solid plan in place, you're better equipped to evacuate your home safely. During a fire, there's as little as one to two minutes to leave this life-threatening situation once the alarm sounds. So a fire escape plan can make all the difference.

Critical Tips to Remember

In addition to selecting two ways out of each room, you should also make sure other significant details are covered:

• Practice your plan at least twice a year by conducting a drill during the day and at night. Don't forget to try different ways out of your home.

• Your children need to be comfortable with the plan on their own if you're not around in case of a fire. Teach them every detail so they're confident about what to do.

• Check the home number on your property. That way, NSFR can easily find your house if a fire ever occurs at your address.

• When using your fire escape plan, be sure to close doors as you leave. This simple move can delay how smoke, heat and fire spread throughout your home.

• Once you and your family are outside, do not go back into the house. It's never safe to enter a building that's on fire. Be sure to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.

In Conclusion

To ensure your security if confronted by a fire in your home, it's urgent to have an escape plan. NSFR and the NFPA want to prepare you with this potentially life-saving strategy based on your house's individual layout and the surrounding neighborhood. This year's "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" campaign is an efficient method for drawing out a map you can use for as long as you live in your current property. NSFR encourages you to take advantage of these important tips so you're always ready for a fire emergency.

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