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Fire Escape Plans Critical To Ensuring Safety

Smoke Alarms, Advance Planning, and Practice are Keys to Survival

If a fire broke out tonite in your home, would you and your family know what to do?  How to get out of your home and where to meet?  What about your place of business or office?

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,300 Americans died and more than 16,000 were injured in fires during 2009.  The vast majority of civilian deaths (84%) occurred in residences. Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented had the victims maintained working smoke detectors and practiced an escape plan. Black Forest Fire Department has a public education program to help residents and business owners develop escape plans for their homes and buildings."

The fire department's education program is available to individual homeowners, to commercial developers and business owners, and to local schools and civic organizations. We promote the importance of exiting your house or building safely and includes such programs as, Ready, Set, Go!, for a safe evacuation in the event of a natural disaster. 

 

Here are some fire escape tips from the U.S. Fire Administration's website www.usfa.fema.gov

  • All family members should practice escaping from every room in your home:
    • Practice escape plans every month
    • Have at least two ways to escape from each room
  • Security bars require special precautions:
    • They must have quick release devices
    • All family members should practice opening locked or barred doors and windows
  •  Never open doors that are hot to the touch
    • Use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob and the crack between the door and the door frame
    • If the door is hot, use your secondary escape route
    • Even if the door feels cool, open it carefully
  •  Designate a meeting place outside and take attendance
    • The meeting place should be away from the home or building
      • designate a tree, the end of the driveway, or the front sidewalk
    • Designate one person to go to a neighbor's house to call the fire department
  •  Once out, stay out
    • Escape first, then call 911
    • Never go back into a burning building for any reason
    • Teach children not to hide from firefighters

More information regarding fire escape plans can be obtained from the U.S. Fire Administration's website www.usfa.dhs.tgov under the "Citizen" link, as well as from www.sparky.org which caters to our younger audience.

Don't wait to develop your fire escape plan.  If you have questions, please call the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District at 495-4300 or email fireprevention@bffire.org