Do YOU Have a Fire Evacuation Plan?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should plan ahead. If a fire were to break out in your home, you may only have minutes to respond and get out safely. To learn more, click on the links provided in the chart below:
Type of Home
Single Family Home
High-rise Apartment & Condominium
Have Working Smoke Detectors
According to the NFPA 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working. Therefore, it is recommended to check your smoke alarms monthly to ensure their working ability and replace the alarms at least every 10 years. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on maintenance, many of the smoke alarms suggest vacuuming the unit to eliminate dust and debris from collecting on the detecting equipment. It is also best to use interconnected smoke alarms, so that if an alarm goes off on another floor it will alert you where you may be located.
Do Family Drills
Conduct at least two fire drills with your family every year. Try doing one during the night time to see if the smoke alarms will alert your loved ones. Sometimes the talking variety alarms may be better suited to alerting children when sleeping. Make sure to establish a meeting place outside of the home and if in a real event.....never re-enter your home after exiting.
For additional information and tips, please visit the NFPA here.