These fire safety tips will provide your family with valuable life saving information

Exit Drills in the Home (e.d.i.t.h.)

Exit drills in the home is an escape plan for your whole family in the event of a fire. Many people die every year because they could not find a way out their home. Remember we are creatures of habit and the way we go in and out of our homes every day may not be the best way to get out in a fire.

When creating plan, start by drawing a floor plan of your home with all windows, doors, and other possible exits shown. Now with different colors draw the normal way out and ways out in case of an emergency, escape ladders may be necessary, them select a safe meeting place outside for accountability.

Things to remember:

  • Always sleep with bedroom doors closed. This will keep the deadly heat and smoke out of the bedrooms, giving you the additional time you need to escape.
  • Find a way for everyone to sound a family fire alarm. Yelling, pounding walls, whistles, etc... In a fire it is seconds, not minutes, that count. Don't waste time getting dressed, don't search for pets or valuables. Just get out.
  • Roll out of bed. Stay low. One breath of smoke or heated gases may be enough to kill you.
  • Feel all doors and handles before opening them, there may be fire on the other side. If the door is hot (or even warm with newer, insulated doors) use your second way out. Never open a hot door!
  • Once outside, go immediately to the family meeting place and stay there! Wait for the other members of your family to show up. Never re-enter a burning structure for any reason.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor's house. Inform the dispatcher if everyone is out or not.

The plan only works with practice!

If all else fails...

If Trapped:

DON'T PANIC it seems like a hard thing to do, but when you panic your not thinking clearly and your breathing faster taking more toxic gases. If trapped close the door of room your in and seal off the cracks with duct tape, clothes, towel, anything you can find. Open a window nearest the ceiling, unless smoke is coming from the lower floor, to let heat and gases out.Stay by the window and wait for rescue, hang a sheet out if necessary. Remember that the lower you get to the floor the better, that is where the freshest air is.

If You Catch Fire:

STOP: If you run you will feed oxygen tothe fire intensifying the flames.

DROP: Fire burns upward if we drop we slow the fire, also fold arms high on your chest to protect your face.

ROLL: Rolling will eliminate oxygen and smother the fire, wrap yourself in a blanket or something else bigenough tocover the body and starve out oxygen. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.