About two Americans are injured from a fire every hour. Yet less than 40% of households have prepared themselves for a household fire. Gather up your family and show them these simple ways to prepare.
Draw a Map of your Home
- Mark every window, door, and smoke detector location. Try to find and draw at least two ways out of every room, especially bedrooms.
Prepare for a Fire
- Decide on a safe place away from the home to meet.
- Ask your parents to purchase an escape ladder for the windows above the first floor.
- Make sure younger siblings know your address and what calling 9-1-1 means.
- Test your smoke alarms. It’s best to have at least one on every floor.
- Experts recommend to own both ionization AND photoelectric alarms.
- Replace those batteries at least once a year!
Teach Everyone What to Do
Show your family these moves.
- Roll out of bed when you hear the smoke alarm.
- Crawl to the door and feel if it’s warm.
- If the door is cool, open the door to look for smoke. If there’s no smoke, exit that way and close the door behind you.
- If the door is warm or smoke appears, use another exit.
- Smoke rises, so everyone should crawl and stay low to the floor.
- Once you get outside, go to your meeting place.
- Assign certain adults to alert younger siblings that may need assistance in an emergency.
Run your Drill
- Push the button on the fire alarm.
- Grab your cellular or cordless phone.
- Everyone should follow the steps you outlined.
- Run through the steps as if the door feels cool.
- Once outside, no one should go back indoors.
- Pretend to call the fire department.
- Run the drill again, this time pretending the door feels hot. Have everyone pretend as if they would use the other exit.
Talk about the Drill
- Congratulate everyone on a successful drill, and tell them you’ll be practicing the drill at least two times a year!
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