A Fire Escape Plan Could Save Your Life
Getting your family out safely in the event of a house or apartment fire requires preparation, planning and practice. The following list are some steps you should take to make sure your family is ready in the event of a fire.
1. Create a Fire Escape Plan. The easiest way to do this is to draw a simple diagram of your home or apartment, marking all windows and doors, and plan 2 escape routes out of each room. It is important that each family member be considered when making a fire escape plan, and that you take into consideration those family members who will be unable to escape on their own. Any fire escape plan should include safe meeting place outside the home and children should be instructed to never go back into the house. The United States Fire Administration provides a free escape grid that you can use to create your own plan.
2. Practice Your Fire Escape Plan. Although creating a fire escape plan is a good first step, without practice and reinforcement, your plan will be useless when you need it most. You should also consistently reinforce what your children should do in the event of a fire. Teach your children how to crawl under the smoke to reduce smoke inhalation. You should also teach your children not to hide from firefighters. Finally, teach your children how to feel a closed door to see if they are hot, and if they are to use another escape route.
3. Make Sure Your Home is Prepared. There are several things you can do to make sure you have the best chance of survival in the event of a fire. First, make sure your home is equipped with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It is important that these detectors have their batteries changed and are tested regularly. Second, make sure all of your exits and hallways a clear of debris, furniture, toys or other items that could prevent you from getting out of your home.
Following these few recommendations could mean the difference in your family getting out of a fire safely. Get started with your family today!
If you or any of your loved ones have been injured in a fire or suffered burn injuries you should contact a New Jersey Burn Injury Lawyer today for a free consultation.