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ESCAPE PLANNING By Chief Bruce Jordan Madison Fire Department

October 15, 2014

ESCAPE PLANNING

 

Plan Ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Escape planning is not just for kids, the elderly and the handicapped also need to know how they can escape also.  

 

SAFETY TIPS

 

  • MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

 

  • KNOW at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily. If you have locking windows make sure that you teach your children how to open them.

 

  • HAVE an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

 

  • PRACTICE using different ways out.

 

  • TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

 

  • CLOSE doors behind you as you leave. This will help to confine the fire and possibly lessen damage to your home.

 

IF THE ALARM SOUNDS…

 

  • If the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people or pets. Citizens and firefighters have lost their lives because of residents that went back inside a house that was on fire!

 

  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.

 

  • CALL the fire department from outside your home.

 

  • When the fire department arrives tell them that everyone is out of the house or if you know that someone is still inside the home tell firefighters where you last saw them. 

 

FACTS

According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

 

Only 8% of households surveyed said that their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

 

 

 

 

 

Any group(s) that would like to have someone come out and speak about any fire safety topics, please contact Chief Bruce Jordan (850) 973-5075 or email: bruce.jordan@cityofmadisonfl.com

 Escape Planning provided by www.nfpa.org

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