Do you have a fire safety plan for your family?
October Is “National Fire Safety Month” and while researching this topic, I came across many articles that support the need for every household to create a fire safety plan and to practice it with a fire drill. Have you created a fire drill plan with your family? 46% of U.S parents report that they have never practiced a home fire drill with their family. Did you know that Fire departments respond to calls for a fire every 23 seconds that take the lives of thousands of people? Preparing and practicing in case of a fire matters. Research shows that 84% of children who have practiced their escape plan are confident they can get out of any room in their house during a fire and 90% know how to get to the family meeting spot outside the home.
When I was a kid my parents talked to me and my brother about a fire plan. We made a spot to meet outside of the house and had a plan on how to get out of each room in case of emergency. We even had our own fire drill. Schools have fire drills yearly, so why not do the same in your home. Thankfully, we have never had to use this plan for a real fire. However, I’m glad that we made the plan because we were confident on what to do in case of a fire emergency. Here are some steps to take in order to create a successful fire drill plan.
- As a family, choose a meeting spot outside where you can meet in case of a fire. (ex: A tree, neighbor’s house, swing set, etc.)
- Visit each room with your family and find two ways out. Explain to your family which way you would take, depending on the situation and where the fire is.
- Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.
- Make sure your home has working smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working. Another plus is you can get a discount on your Massachusetts homeowners insurance by having a smoke alarm.
- Explain fire dangers (What can cause a fire, how to check if a fire is on the other side of the door etc.)
- Practice! Have a fire drill once a year to ensure that your children are confident about the plan.
By simply having a family fire plan, this can save the lives of you and your children. For more information about Fire Protection visit the National Fire protection Association website.