and not have one
than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”
Whitney M Young Jr
Step Four: Create a Home Fire Escape Plan and what to do if there is a house fire
- Do a home hazard inspection
- If you cannot put the fire out - Leave the house immediately, go to a neighbor and call the fire department and Stay Out.
- Have a safe place for the family to meet after exiting the house. This could be a neighbor’s or south corner of your lot and the like.
- Install Smoke Detectors and or Carbon Monoxide Detectors in appropriate sectors of the house and change the batteries twice a year. Like when you change your clocks.
- If you are trapped – Stay Low
- Feel a door before opening
- If you catch fire – Stop, Drop and Roll
- For multi-story structures have at least one emergency ladder on every level above the first floor
- Have a multi-purpose Fire extinguisher in appropriate sectors of your home and make sure everyone knows how to use it.
For Kids: Home Fire Safety Checklist http://www.sparky.org/PDF/SparkyChecklist.pdf and http://www.sparky.org/simpson_hunt/hazards_1.html
Home Hazard Hunt Checklist http://www.justincasearizona.com/resources/DHS00075%20Hazard.pdf; http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/documents/piy_hazard_hunt.pdf; http://saferoutesportland.com/oem/index.cfm?a=39918&c=31813; http://www.codeready.org/web_assets/pdf/homehazardhunt.pdf; http://www.pep-c.org/nss-folder/hazardhunt/HomeHazardHuntChecklist.PDF; http://www.swidrcc.org/Home%20Hazard%20Checklist.pdf
Commit a Minute: 100 Things to Make Your Home Safer http://safetyathome.com/home-safety/home-safety-articles/commit-a-minute-100-things-to-make-your-home-safer/
Next week we will discuss selecting our Crisis Retreats (yes, plural) …