Is Your Family Prepared for a Fire?

Is Your Family Prepared for a Fire?
Posted on 10/01/2019

Equip Your Home with Smoke Alarms

Have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home and one inside and outside of sleeping areas. Don't know the difference between ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors? Call the fire department at 433-3083 and we will help you decide what type of detector to buy and where to install it.

    • All smoke alarms should be tested monthly.
    • All batteries should be replaced with new ones at least twice a year.

Fire Hydrants

If a fire hydrant is near your home, keep it clear of snow, ice and debris for easy access by the fire department.

Get Low. Get Out. Call Fast.

To keep your family safe, make sure they know the rules in a fire: Get low. Get Out. Call Fast.

Get Low – Smoke rises, so stay low as you make your exit.

Get Out – Don't wait. In the event of a fire, leave the house promptly -- even if the fire is small.

Call Fast – When you're safely outside, call the Fire Department immediately.

Have a Home Fire Escape Plan

When a house fire occurs most people find themselves in a situation they didn't anticipate. Developing a Home Fire Escape Plan and then practicing with your family saves lives.

Planning a fire drill is simple, but critical. The basics are:

  • Confirm that your smoke alarms are working
  • Know two ways out of any room
  • Stay low when there's smoke or even when there's not
  • Gather at a meeting place outside so that no one wonders who is out
  • Send someone to call for help [911 in this community] IMMEDIATELY

Know your plan. Practice your plan. Don't wait until you have a problem to figure out how to deal with that problem. Practicing a home fire drill can save your life!

Planning a Home Fire Escape

Fire Preparedness

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides full information on its web site. These guidelines are provided by NFPA:

  • Make sure to have at least one smoke alarm on each level of the home and in or near each sleeping area. Test the alarms every month by pushing the test button, and replace the batteries once a year or when the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low. (Note: Newer smoke alarms have a signal repetition pattern of three beeps, followed by a one and a half second pause.)
  • When entering other buildings, including other people's homes, ask what type of emergency alarm system is in place. If it sounds, act immediately.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home, marking all doors and windows, and the location of each smoke alarm. If windows or doors have security bars, equip them with quick-release devices.
  • Locate two escape routes from each room. The first way out would be the door, and the second way out could be a window.
  • As you exit your home, close all doors behind you to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
  • If your exit is blocked by smoke or fire, use your second exit to escape. If you must escape through smoke, stay low and crawl under the smoke to safety. Smoke will rise to the ceiling, leaving cooler, cleaner air close to the floor. Crawl on your hands and knees, not belly, because heavier poisons will settle in a thin layer on the floor.
  • If you live in a high-rise building, use the stairs -- never the elevator -- in case of fire.
  • Choose a meeting place a safe distance from your home and mark it on the escape plan. A good meeting place would be a tree, telephone pole, or a neighbor's home. In case of fire, everyone should gather at the meeting place.
  • Make sure the street number/address of your home is visible to firefighters.
  • Memorize the emergency number of the local fire department. Once outside, call that number immediately from a nearby or neighbor's phone, or use a portable or cellular phone you can grab quickly on the way out.
  • Practice your escape drill at least twice a year.
  • NEVER go back inside a burning building!