Fall has arrived in many areas of the United States. This means that furnaces and heating appliances are being used more. This also means that the season for more home fires will be on the rise. Would your family know what to do if a fire struck your home tonight?
Here are some tips that you and your family should memorize:
• Make sure all smoke detectors are working properly. This means you should at least check the batteries in all of them twice a year. A good time to do this is when the time changes.
• Write out a floor plan of your home and mark off at least two ways out of your home if a fire should occur.
• Teach all families members how to get low and crawl their way out of the house, when they hear the sound of a fire alarm. By getting low, you are putting your body as far away from the smoke as you can. Remember smoke and heat will rise.
• Plan a designated area outside where all members of the family will meet. This can save valuable time for family members to try to meet each other inside and maybe causing someone to get hurt or worse.
• If you have a pet, do not try to find him/her inside the house while there is a fire. Go outside and open all the doors that you can from the outside. Then call out your dog’s or cat’s name from the outside where you are safe. Many people have been injured and killed from trying to find their dogs and cats in smoke filled homes.
• Close doors while you are sleeping. This gives you added protection if a fire was to break out and you would become overcome with smoke.
• Do not worry about your possessions when you hear your smoke alarms. Possessions can be replaced. Lives can’t be replaced.
• Remember the phrase Edith. (Exit Drills In The Home) These should be performed at least twice a year. You may want to perform these at the same time you change the batteries of your smoke detectors.
By taking the time to perform some of the steps now, you may be saving your families lives in the future.
The Today Show, NBC