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Last Updated on February 5, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
This post about creating a fire safety escape plan has been sponsored by First Alert. All opinions expressed here are my own.
When my children were young, they had a fire safety lesson at school. There was a mobile 'classroom' that came to the school and taught them how to escape from a room if the house was on fire. They learned things like staying low to the ground to avoid smoke and to feel the door before opening it to see if it was hot. When they came home from school that day, they brought home knowledge that could save their lives. But without a fire safety escape plan for our home, these lessons would not do enough to keep them safe. We immediately sat them down and had a serious discussion about fire safety. I thought I would share these tips from First Alert to help you have this important discussion with your own family. If fire safety is important to you, check out my article on how to prevent Christmas Tree fires as well. The holidays can increase your risk of a home fire so it is important information to know!
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Creating a Fire Safety Escape Plan
If there is ever a fire in your home, your kids need to know what to do. Every single second counts in a fire. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as well as a Fire Escape Plan PDF to print out and get you started.
- Draw a map of your home. Download the Fire Escape Plan PDF to get started. Choose two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst
In the 12 years I have lived in this neighborhood, there have been 4 house fires. 3 were caused by lightning and one was started by an unknown cause. Only one of those fires caused minimal damage. The others were labeled a complete loss of property, although thankfully all the people got out safely. You know why people get out of a house fire safely? Because they are warned by smoke detectors of the fire and they know exactly what to do in order to escape.
Without smoke detectors and a fire safety escape plan, your chances of escaping a fire in your home are significantly smaller. First Alert wants to help make sure that your family stays SAFE!
National Fire Prevention Month
October is National Fire Prevention Month and an important time to make sure your family is taking certain safety steps and knows what to do in case of emergency. First Alert wants your family to unleash their own superpowers with the “Super Prepared Family” campaign. Watch the video clips below with your kids and then work together to discuss important fire safety tips and fill out your fire safety escape plan!
Fire Safety Month Giveaway
First Alert wants to give one of my readers a collection of their products to help them create a safer home. Here is what your package will include:
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.