A horrific warehouse fire in Oakland led to the loss of 36 lives. While officials believe that an overloaded electrical system was the cause of the blaze, it’s clear that the lack of sprinklers and clear exits contributed to the loss of life.
In this issue, we’ll share information about how you can make plans for escaping a fire in your home or business.
WERE THERE ANY EXITS IN THE GHOST SHIP WAREHOUSE?
The warehouse in Oakland, known as the Ghost Ship, was divided into several artist studios. Highly combustible and flammable materials – including furniture, mannequins and other objects – were strewn throughout the building.
There was not a clear escape route in the warehouse except for a second-floor exit that served as a makeshift stairwell made out of wooden pallets.
To illustrate just how difficult it was to find an exit, consider this information from The New York Times:
Survivors of the fire recalled how they crawled along the floor looking for an escape route. Some were saved only because someone kept shouting the location from the door.
HOW CAN I DEVELOP A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN?
According to the American Red Cross, just 26% of U.S. families have developed and practiced a fire escape plan. Also, having a smoke alarm has been found to reduce one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
With that in mind, here are tips for developing and implementing your fire escape plan:
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The Ghost Ship fire is nothing short of a tragedy. But it can also be used as a teachable moment. We hope that you’ll take the steps above to heart and develop your own fire escape plan.
If your home or business is damaged by fire, remember that the fire restoration experts in San Diego are J&M Keystone.
If you need us, you can reach us 24/7 by calling 800-368-2757.
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