81% of all fire deaths occur in residential fires with over 2000 fire related deaths each year. To assist in preventing a fire death in your home follow some simple guidelines.
1. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
2. Ensure that everyone in your home knows the sould of a smoke alarm and how to respond if the alarm is sounded.
3. Make a home escape plan, showing all doors and windows. Know two ways out of each room. Practice and learn each way out with everyone in your household including visitors.
4. Some children, older adults and people with disabilities may need assistance. Make sure that someone will help them.
5. Teach your children how to escape on their own.
6. Have a plan for everyone in your home.
7. Be sure that your overnight guests know your plan.
8. Make sure all windows and doors open from the inside.
9. Windows with security bars, grills, and window guards should have easy to use quick release devices from the inside.
10. Make sure everone in your home knows how to call 9-1-1 from a cell phone and/or a neighbor’s phone.
11. Have an outside meeting place that is a safe distance in front of the home where firefighters will easilty find you. This allows for you to know everyone is out of the house.
12. Make sure that your house number can bee see from the street both day and night. (Put your number on curbs, mailboxes, and on the house itself.)
Next week “practicing the home fire drill” and “if there is a fire” will be discussed.
• Parts of this article were “Reproduced with permission of the NFPA”