Ensuring the safety of your family during a fire emergency at home requires two things: working smoke alarms and advanced planning. Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, your local window contractor, shares key factors to keep in mind when creating a home fire escape plan.
Invest in Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms must be installed throughout your home. Note that they should be interconnected as required by the National Fire Code. That way, when one sounds the alarm, all the others will go off at the same time.
Walk Around Your Home
The whole family should be involved in creating your fire escape plan. Walk around your home, inspecting every possible exit and escape route. Draw a rough sketch of your home’s floor plan, marking the location of all alarms, windows and doors. This way, your children will understand where to go if there’s a fire. Be sure that the areas around all potential exit points are clear to allow easy access.
Settle on an Outdoor Meeting Place
Designate a place where you and your family members should gather upon escaping the fire. The spot must be a safe distance away from your home and must also be included in your escape plan sketch. It could be near your neighbor’s home or a light post.
Finally, it’s time to test out the fire escape plan in a twice-a-year simulated drill. Make sure your children have memorized the procedure. A surprise drill should work when everyone is around, though when conducting it at night, let your children know about it in advance.
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