Fire Prevention Week: How to Keep Your Family Safe If a Fire Breaks Out In Your Home

Your family’s safety is a top priority to The Hearth & Patio Shoppe, which is why it is so important to us to promote the best fire safety practices that you can take to keep your home and family from the dangers of accidental fires. To achieve this, we work with the [National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to observe and promote Fire Prevention Week during the second week of every October. The message of this year’s campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” We would like to focus on the “learn” part of this message by telling you more about how to create an escape plan from your home with your family. These tips are essential in saving your family’s lives in case of an accidental fire occurring in your home.

Make a plan to safely escape your safety

According to the NFPA, only one out of three American families have actually made and/or practiced a home escape plan. It is fairly simple to create a plan for your family. To begin, sketch a map of your home that shows every window and door in each room. You should get input from everyone in your family so that you can be sure that everything is included in your map.

Find at least two exits from every room.

Sit down with your whole family, and designate two exits from each room on the map. Typically, your exits will be a door and a window. Check to see that all doors and windows can be easily opened before you make those exits official.

Pick a place outside of your home for your family to meet after escaping.

You should decide on a location that is far enough away from your home where your family will gather once they have exited your home. Some suggestions for this meeting place include the mailbox, a tree, or a light pole on the street in front of your house.

Be sure to practice this escape plan with everyone in your family.

The Hearth & Patio Shoppe recommends practicing your escape plan at least twice a year to make sure everyone knows exactly what to do in the case of an accidental fire. According to the NFPA, you should run these practice drills during the day and at night. If you have younger children, you may need to practice more often to be sure they understand what to do if they hear the sound of the smoke alarm.

By following these instructions of creating a home escape plan, you are taking crucial steps to ensure the safety of the entire family. If you would like to learn more about Fire Prevention Week, contact us at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe for more information.

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