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What Field Experts Say Is The Safest Way To Escape A From A Fire

Feb 20, 2008
For all families, safety is always a primary concern. Though no one likes to think they might have a damaging and dangerous (even life-threatening) fire in their home someday, fire exit plans should be well thought out and practiced in the case of such an emergency. Because each person's home is structured differently and varies in floor plans, a fire exit route that is specified to your own home is necessary.

When designing a fire exit strategy that is specific to your home, you will first need to plan ahead. You can do this by purchasing fire alarms and placing them strategically throughout your home. Make sure the batteries are always working, and when the fire alarm begins chirp as a warning that the batteries are dying, replace them immediately. Also, consider the nature or fire. For instance, it takes roughly ten to fifteen minutes for fire to burn through a door. Because most home fires occur at night (usually 12am to 4am), people should sleep with their doors closed, because it gives them an extra ten to fifteen minutes to escape. Be sure to plan routes that include both "normal" exits (through doors) and other exits, such as windows. Also, planning an escape route for each member of the family is essential in your planning process.

After you have mapped out your escape routes for each family member, go over things such as opening windows. If you find that a window is jammed, get it fixed as soon as possible. Check the windows on a regular basis to ensure your ultimate safety in case of a fire. Remember, if necessary, breaking a window with an object or towel is an option, though it is easier to simply open a window than it is to crawl through a window with sharp edges of glass sticking out.

The final aspect of planning an exit route in the case of a fire is to designate a special meeting place a safe distance from your home in case a fire should occur. This meeting place should be a stationary object such as a fire hydrant or mailbox (not a car or other moveable object). This ensures the safety or each person once they have escaped the fire, and it also provides assurance and peace of mind to each family member when they find that each person is safe and sound. When each person is aware of the meeting designated place, it also keeps family members from wandering the neighborhood looking for family members, or even running back into the house for something or someone in the worst case scenarios. Once everyone arrives at the meeting place, call 9-1-1 on a cell or a neighbor's phone.

Safety is a number one priority for families throughout the world. Though no one ever thinks they will have a fire in their home, planning ahead is the best way to keep your family safe and sound. Plan an escape route for each family member, and be sure to practice and test each route, especially if you have children. Good luck with your escape planning, and remember that your forethought could save the lives of your family!
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