The week of October 5th – 11th is National Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. While many of us know to replace the batteries in our smoke alarm twice a year, did you know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years? And, while you may have a plan in place in the event of a fire, do you actually practice it with your family?
Having family fire drills on a monthly basis is critical in order to be prepared for an emergency. You should also frequently review the following fire safety tips and rules together:
- Even though you may be scared, never hide.
- Get out of the house as fast as possible and don’t go back for any belongings
- Feel a door with the back of your hand rather than your palm for heat. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side so look for an alternative way out
- Stay low to the ground
- Follow the escape plan
- Stop, Drop, and Roll. If your clothing catches fire, you should remember to stop where you are and drop to the ground. You should cover your face and mouth with your hands, and roll over and until the flames are out.