In a house fire, EVERY SECOND COUNTS.
Seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely from a fire or a life-ending tragedy.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out” as the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign from October 8 through October 14, 2017.
Why the focus on time?
Experts say people have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a typical home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds
Meanwhile, a national survey recently conducted by NFPA shows that Americans continue to have misperceptions concerning home escape planning and practice:
- Nearly a quarter of Americans (23%) do not know that each room in the home should have at least two exits.
- More than half of Americans (57%) think that once the smoke alarm sounds in the event of a typical single-family home fire situation, the average person would have more than two minutes to escape safely.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is so important, and it reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Below is a list of important home fire escape planning tips:
- Map your home and exits. Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits in each room (usually a door and a window) and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Rendezvous. Make sure there is a clear path to an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance from the home, such as a neighbor’s house, light pole, mailbox, or tree.
- Practice makes perfect. Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out. The more familiar you are with the escape plan, the less likely you’ll be to panic during a real emergency.
- Install smoke alarms. The more smoke alarms you have, the better. It may be a good idea to install one in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.
- Help them help you. Make sure your street number is clearly marked and visible from the road for the fire department to easily identify.
- Memorize. Have everyone commit to memory the emergency phone number of the fire department.
We hope you take these fire escape planning tips to heart and share them with your neighbors, family, and friends!
Fire Prevention Week: Sunday, October 8 – Saturday, October 14