If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
That’s why Lake Stevens Fire is urging residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s Fire Prevention Month theme emphasizes the importance of identifying two ways out with your fire escape plan.
Public Educator Jennye Cooper commented, “We never know when a fire may occur, so the best way to be ready for home fires is to prepare. This can be done by planning and practicing your fire escape plans.”
Lake Stevens Fire recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
Create a map of your home and label the doors and windows that can be used to get out of every room.
Choose a meeting place that is outside and in front of your home and label it on your map. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.
Make note on your escape plan to call 911 in case of an emergency. Have an adult sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remember to practice the plan at least twice a year. The time of year we change our clocks and check our batteries is a great time to practice your escape plan as well.
To help kick off Fire Prevention Month, Lake Stevens Fire will be in all Lake Stevens elementary schools with Sparky’s Hazard House to talk about “Having 2 Ways Out!” If you are interested in additional information on this safety topic, please contact Public Educator Jennye Cooper at 425-334-3034.