Reacting to Fire

Do you know what to do in the event of a fire?  Is your family ready to get out of the house if the smoke alarms sound?  Where will you meet to make sure everyone has made it out safely?   According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

“One-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!”

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What can you do?

• Make sure your home has working smoke alarms in the right locations, then test them monthly and change the batteries twice each year.  If your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace them.

• Take some time now to learn how to react in the event of a fire.   Make an escape plan with your family and practice it, especially at night.  We have escape plan grids to help you, available free at the fire station.   The safest air is near the floor, so practice crawling out.  Remember – STAY LOW AND GO!  Click here for more information about escape planning.

• If your clothes catch fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL!  Fire spreads rapidly, so it’s important not to run or even walk if your clothes have caught fire.

Children and Smoke Alarms

Do you think your children would react to a smoke alarm while they’re sleeping?  Watch this video from the Home Safety Council, which is now part of Safe Kids USA.   Many children will sleep right through a smoke alarm.

Free Classes

Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher to keep a small fire from becoming a big fire, along with other fire safety tips.  After a classroom presentation you will go out to the equipment bay to practice using a fire extinguisher on a real fire.   Sign up for a free Fire Extinguisher Class at the fire station or we will be happy to schedule a class for your small group of 5 – 10 people, ages 12 and up.  Contact Kari Schultz at 682-831-4670 for more information.