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Escape Drills in the Home
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Monday, 15 December 2008 15:50
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Escape Drills In The Home


When fire breaks out, many people panic and do not know what to do. If you plan and practice a fire drill in your home, you can greatly increase your chances of making it safely out of a home fire.

* Plan out 2 ways to escape from each room in your home.

* Talk with your family about what to do.

* Draw your plan out on paper. (Download a floor plan grid)

* Make sure doorways and windows for escape plans are clear and can be opened.

* Establish a family meeting place away from the home, somewhere visible to the emergency service workers.

* Teach everyone to "Get Out and Stay Out".

* Do not go back in for pets, toys, or family members.

* Teach children...DO NOT HIDE! You can not hide from a fire.

* If you must exit from a closed door, remember to test the door knob and door with the back of your hand. If it is cook, open carefully. If it is hot, find another exit route.

* Teach children to escape on their own. They should not wait until a parent comes to help.

* Establish a plan for elderly or small children that may need help escaping from the home.

* Identify your home with address labels clearly, so emergency workers can find your home.

* Teach all children in the home to call 911 and give your address. In a fire, they would need to do this from a neighbor's house.

* Practice a fire escape plan in your home every 6 months!

* When practicing remember to: Stay low and crawl, exit from the nearest exit, go to family meeting place, call 911, give address, and stay out! Talk about your fire drill with your family afterwards.




Information taken from NFPA resources and web site
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2008 21:40 )