Fort A.P. Hill Fire and Emergency Services teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association
October 15, 2012
If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, one-third of America's households thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
That's why Fort A.P. Hill Fire and Emergency Services teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13.
This year's theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice, "Have Two Ways Out!"
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded every 85 seconds to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage according to the National Fire Protection Association.
"Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensure your family's safety should fire break out in your home," said Fort A.P. Hill Fire Investigator Cindy Tate.
For these reasons, Fort A.P. Hill Fire and Emergency Services recommends the following plan for your family's evacuation should an emergency occur:
• Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
• Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they've escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
• Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
• Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
• Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.