Monday, March 8, 2010

Developing A Fire Escape Plan

The time will be springing forward in another week and it is always a good idea to check the batteries in your fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Another fire safety aspect that you should be thinking of is your family fire escape plan. You should discuss with your family what you should do and where you should go in the case of fire. You should go over the route to get out of the house and plan an alternate route of escape. There should also be a common meeting place outside for your family to gather. A place like the sidewalk, large tree in the front yard, or other type of landmark that is a safe distance from the house is a great meeting place. You should also instill in your child's mind that they should never try to save personal possessions or family pets as this wastes crucial time for getting out safely. They should also be told not to hide under the bed or in a closet. If you discuss the possibility of fire with your child and teach them how to escape then chances are they will not panic as much. Remaining calm is crucial to getting out safely. I will definitely be talking to my kids about an escape plan.

For more information on fire safety visit Fire Prevention Canada

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