Fire Prevention Week, which goes until Oct. 14 this year, is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record. This year’s fire safety campaign theme, Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out, focuses on reinforcing why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
Here are tips to keep your family safe:
•Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
•Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
•Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
•Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
•Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
•Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.