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A Fire Escape Plan May Save You and Your Family
Installing working smoke alarms is an essential, but they don't save lives unless everyone knows how to get out of the home safely. Make sure everyone knows how to escape when the smoke alarm sounds, whether awake or sleeping at the time. In your plan, have two ways out of each room, a prearranged meeting place outside and, most importantly, ONCE OUT – STAY OUT!
Minimizing the amount of time it takes to get out can improve your chances of surviving a hazardous home fire. Having a fire escape plan for you and your family can reduce the amount of time it takes to get out. Practicing the fire escape plan will help everyone understand what to do and where to meet.
Follow these steps when developing a fire escape plan for you and your family:
Information provided from firesafey.gov
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The building inspector has asked all Fire Departments to help get the word out on addresses.
All new and existing buildings are required to have approved identification visible from the road fronting the property.
Address numbers shall contrast with their background and should be a minimum of 4 inches high. The numbers should also be reflective.
These numbers can be purchased at your local hardware store and should be placed on both sides of your mailbox.
You can also order the popular blue reflective signs. These 911 signs can be ordered online from various vendors for around $20.00.
Minutes are so important when you are waiting on an ambulance, fire truck or the Sheriff.
The building inspectors office intends to enforce this law.
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Smoke Alarms – Why, Where, and Which
Why are Smoke Alarms Important?
Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result of burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock and, when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious but limited time it takes to escape.
About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half.
Where Should Smoke Alarms be Installed?
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.
A smoke alarm should be installed and maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions. When installing a smoke alarm, many factors influence where you will place it, including how many are to be installed. Consider placing alarms along your escape path to assist in egress in limited visibility conditions. In general you should place alarms in the center of a ceiling or, if you place them on a wall, they should be 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling.
Which Smoke Alarm Type is Better?
Although there are several choices to make in selecting the right smoke alarms to buy, the most important thing to remember is that smoke alarms save lives. For that reason, you should install a smoke alarm if your home does not have one.
How do Response Times Affect the Community?
When the community requires emergency services they dial 911. Response time to an emergency is critical and every second counts!
Understanding fire behavior as well as the basic survival needs of the human body provides insight into the importance of emergency response times.
A fire starts small and spreads quickly. It will double in size every two minutes. Extreme heat temperatures reaching over 1,000 degrees will occur within a matter of minutes. Flashover (extreme temperatures that cause everything in the room to ignite at once) occurs in eight minutes. Survival rate at flashover is zero.
Brain damage starts when a person is without oxygen for 4-6 minutes. Brain death occurs in 8 minutes.
Lack of oxygen can occur from many things including heart attack, stroke, seizures, drowning, trauma and the deadly smoke of fires.
National standards for fire service suggest that a four-minute response time is critical to saving lives and protecting property.
Response times are affected by the location, driving distance, road conditions, access, traffic, and whether the closest fire truck is on another call.