A recent survey carried by the San Diego Union-Tribune confirmed that only half of those who responded would be able to evacuate their homes within 15 minutes.
It wasn’t by luck that the lives of 15 people were saved during a recent house fire in Wisconsin. Their survival was made possible by the wise decision to have a fire escape plan in place and to take it seriously.
In this issue, we’ll talk about what happened.
HOW DID A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN SAVE LIVES?
Bob and Jen Masewicz were hosting a 16th birthday party for their son. The family of 5 welcomed 9 guests to stay over for the night.
Around 2 a.m., their 14-year-old daughter awakened to see the house bathed in red light and heard a crackling sound from a fire that had not yet penetrated the home but was close to doing so.
As had been planned, one daughter was in charge of going to a sister’s room to make sure she was awake and could escape as well. Without panic, three young daughters along with their dog made their way down the stairs and out to safety.
“I remember seeing orange and thinking, ‘ok, it’s go time,'” said the 14-year-old.
Bob and Jen turned their attention to the basement, where the boys were sleeping, and quickly made sure they were able to make their way to the front door and out to safety.
“By the time we got to the first floor, probably only 10 seconds had lapsed,” said Bob, realizing that in situations like this, saving seconds counts. Getting everyone out of the house took about 2 minutes.
Meeting at their designated meeting spot, the neighbor’s front yard, a head count was held to confirm that everyone made it out safely.
HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE FIRE ESCAPE PLAN?
It was likely the difference maker between life and death for some in the house. “I can’t stress enough how the evac plan helped,” said Bob. “We had like 3 or 4 exit strategies that we always talked about and we always talked about getting to the neighbor’s house as our meeting spot.”
HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN FOR MY FAMILY?
Although roughly three-fourths of all homeowners have some sort of fire plan, only a third claim to have done a practice run.
The key is practice, practice, practice. When you do not practice what you are required to do in an emergency, it can put you and your family at serious risk when a real situation arises.
Here are some ideas to consider when designing a fire safety plan:
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We hope you never have to actually use a fire escape plan, but the story above should give you more than enough reasons to realize the importance of having one.
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