(NC) Emergencies can happen in a matter of
minutes and are typically a surprise. House fires are just one example
where every minute counts. It’s important to have a safety plan in place
to be sure your entire family is prepared.
Getting your family out of danger is priority number one and with a
clear plan of action, you can ensure you and your loved ones are safe.
Here are some important things to consider when creating a successful
fire safety plan.
Do a walkthrough: A walkthrough will help you map
out the best escape routes so the entire family is aware of where to go
and how to get out safely.
Pick a meeting place: If you can’t get to all your
family members or are separated, make sure you have identified a meeting
spot where everyone can reunite.
Let others know you have a pet: If your pet is home
alone and a fire starts, make sure people know they are there. PetSmart
suggests placing signs or stickers at entrances of your home indicating
you have a pet to emergency personnel.
Do a practice run: Going through the motions will
help everyone remember the plan and provide an opportunity to notice any
issues. Practicing in the day will allow everyone to see their
surroundings and understand the terrain, whereas night drills will test
them when there is a lack of visibility.