E. D. I. T. H. - Exit Drills in the Home
One of the best things your family can do to prepare for a potential residence fire is practice what to do when the alarm sounds. As reported by the National Fire Protection Agency:
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.
Facts and figures
- Only one-fifth to one-fourth of households (23%) have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.
- One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
Please take a minute to print the following Escape Plan and practice it with your family. Remember, seconds count!