Fire season seems to be in full swing, with fires burning all throughout California. We are hearing many stories in the last couple days about people having to evacuate their homes on moment’s notice, so we thought we would put together a quick list of evacuation planning tips from the National Fire Protection Agency.
Fire Escape Planning
*Unblock your exits! Items that block doors and windows could keep you from escaping in the event of a home fire.
*Plan and practice a home fire escape plan twice a year. Identify two escape routes out of each room and make sure those routes can be safely used by all in your household.
*Pick an outside meeting place. Choose a mailbox, stop sign, post office, any common place that is a safe distance near your home where everyone can meet after they have escaped. Even if a family member is not home at the time they will know where to find you in case of escape.
* Close doors as you leave to slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
*Be sure to install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area on every level of your home.
*In case of evacuation have important papers, i.e. birth certificates, passports, passwords and other important documents located in a briefcase or folder so you can easily grab on the way out.
*Make sure everyone in your household understands the escape plan.
Our thoughts are with those in the fire zones at this time. The best way to stay safe is to be prepared. You can download a Escape Planning tip sheet and a Home Escape Plan Grid at the National Fire Protection Agency’s website.