"Fire Training Division"
Fire Escape Planning
Time is of the essence when escaping a fire, so every second counts. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames, so proper escape planning will help get your entire family out quickly.
- Escape plans should be conducted at least twice per year
- Make sure you have at least two ways out of every room, like a window or door
- Each family member should practice feeling their way out of the house in the dark or withtheir eyes closed to simulate the dark, smoky conditions that may be present in a fire
- When a fire occurs, you should never waste time trying to save valuables
- Crawl low under the smoke and keep your mouth covered. The smoke contains deadly toxins which can cause serious harm or death
- Designate a meeting place away from the house that all family members are aware of. Then one person should go to a neighbors house and call 911
- Never go back inside a burning building for any reason