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"Fire Training Division"

Fire Escape Planning

Time is of the essence when escaping a fire, so every second counts. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire.  It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames, so proper escape planning will help get your entire family out quickly. 

  • Escape plans should be conducted at least twice per year
  • Make sure you have at least two ways out of every room, like a window or door
  • Each family member should practice feeling their way out of the house in the dark or withtheir eyes closed to simulate the dark, smoky conditions that may be present in a fire
  • When a fire occurs, you should never waste time trying to save valuables
  • Crawl low under the smoke and keep your mouth covered. The smoke contains deadly toxins which can cause serious harm or death
  • Designate a meeting place away from the house that all family members are aware of.  Then one person should go to a neighbors house and call 911
  • Never go back inside a burning building for any reason