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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fire Prevention Week: "Have 2 Ways Out" Home Fire Escape Map

CAL FIRE NEWS reminds all Californians to “Have 2 Ways Out”

  It only takes seconds for a fire to grow out of control, making escape from a fire impossible. That's why CAL FIRE is urging people to "Have 2 Ways Out" of their home. In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. 

Prepare and practice your fire escape plan regularly with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. 

CAL FIRE and fire departments across the state are taking this opportunity during Fire Prevention Week to remind all Californians of the importance of creating a fire escape plan for your home and practicing it regularly. Most home fires occur at night when people are the least prepared. Tragedy can be avoided by knowing in advance and practicing two escape routes from each room.

What would you do if there was a fire in your home?

"In 2011, 70 percent of structure fires in California reported to the CAL FIRE-Office of the State Fire Marshal were residential and accounted for 90 percent of fire deaths," said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. "Everyone should take steps to help prevent home fires and ensure their family is protected."

House FireIt's important to get out fast! 

If It is smokey stay low, move quickly but safely.

Never hide or take time to gather up your belongings. 
Good escape plans help you get out of your home quickly in case of a fire. 
The best plans have TWO ways to get out of each room. If one of the ways is blocked by the fire, you can get out the other way. 
When escaping, stay low to the floor. Smoke rises during a fire. The safest air is down low.

If your clothes catch on fire Stop, Drop and Roll.

Help your family make an escape plan.
1. Try to find two ways out from every room in your home. The first way out should be a door. Every way needs to be planned and practiced with a grownup.
2. Before opening any door in a fire, feel the door first at the bottom and then work your hand up the door to see if it is hot. A hot door means there may be a fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
3. Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire.
4. If you have security bars in your home, make sure you know how to open them in case you need to escape from fire.
5. Pick a safe and easy-to-remember place outside the home to meet your family after you get out.
6. After you get out, call 9-1-1 or the fire department
Make a Home Fire Escape Map
Make a Home Fire Escape Map

Making an escape plan is simple:
  • Draw a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used as escape routes to get out of every room.
  • - Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet after they've safely escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
  • - Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
  • - Check your smoke alarms regularly and have practice escape drills so everyone knows two ways out.
Practicing fire-safe behaviors and knowing escape routes and what to do in an emergency can give your family the seconds needed to escape.

Change smoke alarm batteries regularly.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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