In both the workplace and at home, it is very important to have a fire safety plan. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that a fire plan can help reduce the risk of injury and can often prevent the damages associated with fires if it is practiced by family members or employees on a regular basis. Creating a fire safety plan should never be put off: in fact, if you do not already have one, start today!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CREATE A FIRE SAFETY PLAN?
Although roughly three-fourths of all homeowners have some sort of fire plan, only a third claim to have done a practice run. 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:
1) Get everyone involved in the fire escape plan. They will need it as much as you. Walk through as a family or work group and note all the possible escape routes. You and your family or co-workers can work together to create an escape map if that helps, as well as outlining the position of the smoke detectors.
2) Make sure all doors and windows are easy to open. Windows that have been painted shut or are very old can be difficult for a child or an elderly person to open. Take a few moments and check all the doors and windows in the house. Use lubricant to allow the smooth opening of any window or door that tends to stick.
3) Place smoke detectors all around the house. They should be in every room where someone sleeps and in all main rooms. They are often the initial warning of a fire and are vital when you are asleep. Change the batteries every six months or choose a hard-wired version and have it professional installed.
4) Decide on a suitable meeting place such as at the mailbox or at a designated spot in the parking lot. Parents have died running back into a burning home for a child when the child was outside all along.
5) Teach young children to dial 911 and what to say in an emergency. They should know your address so they can guide rescue personnel.
6) Practice the fire drill. You should hold a fire drill at least twice a year. Many people choose to change their smoke alarm batteries when the time changes as this is easy to remember, so you may want to schedule your fire drills around this time as well. To add some authenticity to the practice, mix up the time. You should have a daytime practice as well as waking your family late at night to simulate a real scenario.
7) Learn to get low and keep under the smoke. Always have a “stay-in” plan in case the fire is too strong to go outside.
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