Saturday, May 4 is International Firefighter’s Day. It is a time for the world to recognize the dedication and honor the sacrifices of firefighters who keep our communities safe. In honor of International Firefighter’s Day, we decided to come up with a few helpful tips on making a home emergency plan to keep you and your family safe in the event of any disaster.
Gather everyone in your home to have a meeting about creating a fire safety plan. Walk through the home to assess all possible exits and escape routes. Make sure the pathways to these spots are clear for a quick exit in case of fire. Check that windows can be opened easily.
Be sure to install smoke alarms in every room, to prevent anyone being trapped behind a closed door. Have them installed outside of each sleeping area as well.
Choose a meeting place outside of your home for the family to go if a fire takes place. This could be a mailbox, stop sign, or neighbor’s house.
Make sure that your street number is clearly visible from the road so that emergency personnel can easily find your home. If it is not, install house numbers that can be seen easily.
Get the phone number to your local fire department and write it down on the emergency plan. This way, anyone will be able to call right away for quick help.
If you have to escape your home in the event of a fire, do not run back in under any circumstances. Wait for responders to arrive as they have the training and equipment to perform rescues.
If there are infants, elderly adults or persons with special needs staying or living in the home, assign someone from the family to be their go-to caretaker in the event of a fire.
If you still need assistance creating an emergency plan for your home, contact your local fire department for advice. They will be happy to give you more tips and extensive information to keep you and your family safe!