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Choosing Your Escape Routes

One very good first step when planning your family’s home fire escape plan is to draw up a floor diagram of your house and highlight the regular and emergency escape routes. Every room should have at least two exit routes. This will help to ensure each member of the family knows the quickest way to get outside safely from anywhere in home. by at least two routes.

Family members should practice opening their bedroom windows in order to become familiar with their operation. Any non-functioning or sticky windows should be repaired immediately. The family should be instructed that, during a fire, if an exit window is stuck, it will need to be broken out with a hard object and a blanket or towel should be placed over the frame to keep climber-outers protected from sharp glass.

Make sure the whole family knows the safe way to exit from a window:

1. Slide out on the stomach, feet first.

2. Hang on with both hands.

3. Bend the knees when landing.

In 1987, a residential fire occurred in Phoenix. A family of four was tragically killed after becoming trapped behind security bars they had installed over their windows. If you decide your family needs that kind of extra security, only fire-safe bars equipped with a single-action quick-release device should be used.
Special provisions need to be taken into consideration if living in a home with infants, young children, or a disabled or elderly individual who may need additional help during an escape. This should be discussed while creating your family’s home fire escape plan so all members are kept in the know.

At a safe distance from the house, a special meeting place should be established. Choose something that isn’t likely to be moved, such as a neighbor’s flag pole or large tree. What ever location you choose, make sure everyone knows it is where to meet in the event of an emergency evacuation of the home. This will keep family members from wandering around looking for each another, or worse, being tempted to re-enter an unsafe house in an unnecessary rescue attempt.

Once outside, decide who will be the one to make sure the fire or other emergency is reported as soon as possible. If anyone is missing, relay that information to the fire department upon first contact and inform them of possible whereabouts. Never allow any member of the family to go back in the house for any reason.

Practice your home escape plan with the family often and make sure it gets updated if there are any pertinent changes.

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New Year Resolution ’09: Create A Home Escape Plan (For Real!)

Any situation that would cause your family to need to execute their home escape plan is going to be a frightening one. Fear can cause mistakes in judgment to be made, especially when young children are involved. Otherwise responsible kids can become overwhelmed by emergency situations and react in ways that make it difficult to get them to safety quickly, such as hiding, struggling, or simply freezing up. Although these defense mechanisms are perfectly normal, they can have tragic results.

Kids aren’t the only ones, either. Don’t forget that adults, too, can become flustered into poor decision-making. Even if you stay cool as a cucumber under stress, toxic gases can cause dizziness and disorientation that could cost you valuable time if you need to think about what to do next in order to get yourself and your entire family to safety. Fortunately, there is a simple, two-step way to combat the fear that arises from unexpected emergencies.

1 Expect them.

2 Have a plan.

Last year alone, there were 3,430 Americans killed in fires. Half of the fire related deaths reported are adults, the other half are children and senior citizens. The vast majority of these fatal fires occur in the victim’s own home. Properly executed escape plans have been proven to have the power to reduce those numbers significantly and really should be taken seriously.

To ensure your escape plan goes off without a hitch, each family member will need to know exactly what will be expected of them in the event of a fire or any other reason a family might need to abandon their proverbial ship. The only way to make sure everyone in your family knows their part is by practicing the home escape plan together. Make it fun, make it pizza night; most importantly, make it happen.

Even with a plan in place, your family‚Äôs first line of defense comes from knowing a few precautionary measures that will lower your household’s risk of ever having an uncontrolled fire break out. Make sure you have working smoke detectors or monitored fire detection provided by way of your home security system. Encourage family members to sleep with their bedroom doors closed. This reduces the chance of smoke inhalation occurring before fire or smoke sensors are triggered. Also, it takes about twelve minutes for a fire to burn through a typical wooden door. That gives the occupants about the same amount of time to get out of Dodge or, if unable, signal for help.

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