One of the scariest events that a family could experience is a fire in the home; I pray that my family and yours never have to experience it. But fires do happen in homes, and the best way to minimize the injury to your family is to be prepared. Here are some tips to escape from a burning house. They could be life savers!
**As a precaution, make sure you have a properly working smoke alarm and that its batteries are new, consider installing one in every bedroom.
**Make an escape plan by walking thru your home with your family members, discussing all possible window and doors exits. For a younger child or elderly person, make sure someone is assigned to assist them in exiting the home. Involve the children by drawing the plan on a piece of paper.
**Have several fire drills in your home to practice the escape plan.
**If your clothes catch on fire, remember…to stop, drop to the floor and roll.
**Before opening a door, check it with your hand, if it feels hot, do not open it.
**To avoid breathing in smoke fumes and to avoid high flames, crawl along the floor.
**Agree on a meeting place with your family. Once you are out of the home…do not re-enter the home.
**Call 911 or alert the authorities.