Fact #1: Almost daily, one child dies in a home fire. That’s a hard one to list as the number one fact, but it’s a fact. Let’s take it one step further – 293 children are injured by fire and burns daily. Ouch. Make sure all lighters and matches are up high and out of the reach of children. Also, this is very important BUT often overlooked, make sure your child knows how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm.
Fact #2: Nearly 90% of all fire-related fatalities occur in the home. This is more than ALL natural disasters combined. At first, you might think this stat is a bit high but consider all the sources: fireplaces and wood stoves, portable space heaters, ovens and stove tops, electrical outlets and cords, overheating appliances, candles, smoking, etc. That’s a lot of areas and items to keep tabs on.
Fact #3: Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a home fire by half. BY HALF PEOPLE! Spring is a great time to replace batteries in all the smoke alarms in your home. Double check that you’ve tested and verified that every smoke alarm, in every room, works.
Fact #4: Fires can spread rapidly throughout a home, leaving a family as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Practice your Home Escape Plan at least once per month. And although this may seem extreme, practice it under pressure. Panic will set in if your home is engulfed with flames and the smoke is making it visually impossible to see. Practice in low lighting or in the dark to really make sure you and your family have your escape plan down!
Fact #5: Speaking of Fact #4, just about 77% of families have NOT developed OR practiced a Home Escape Plan. WHAT? Well, here’s your chance to make one! We’ve included a PDF download from www.safekids.org that you can use to map out your home and develop your plan. Keep you and your family safe today! Fire Escape Plan Grid – Safe Kids Worldwide.org
Fire disaster planning is never a waste of time and will save lives.
Don’t put this off another day, another week, or month. Don’t wait until something horrible happens to someone close to you for you to develop a plan. For more information and tips for keeping you and your family safe, visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/.