EMERGENCIES -DIAL 9-1-1
|Exit Drills In The Home (E.D.I.T.H.)|
|Thursday, 03 May 2007 20:00|
E.D.I.T.H. (EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME)
DON'T DELAY, FIRE WON'T WAIT!
If a fire does break out, you need early warning from smoke detectors, and you need to know how to get out without delay. Practicing drills will help your family get out quickly and safely when there is no time for mistakes.
To be among the survivors, make sure that you have smoke detectors in your home to give you the earliest possible warning of a fire. Next, plan precisely how you and your family will escape if fire does occur. Finally practice your plan by holding fire drills at least every six months.
Also consider home automatic sprinklers for complete fire safety protection.
Make An Escape Plan
When a fire occurs, there's no time for planning. So sit down with your family today, and make a step-by-step plan for escaping a fire.
Practice Your Plan
At least twice a year, have a fire drill in your home. Appoint someone as the monitor, to sound the alarm and make sure everyone participates.
The majority of fatal fires occur when people are sleeping. So start the drill, go to your bedroom, close the door, and wait for the monitor to sound the alarm.
Make your exit drill as realistic as possible. Practice both escape routes. Pretend that certain exits are blocked by fire, that ther are no lights, and that the hallways are filling with smoke.
Remember, a fire drill is not a race. Get out quickly, but carefully!
Be Ready For Hazards On Your Way Out!
If everything feels cool, brace your shoulder against the door, and open it carefully. Be ready to slam it shut if heat or smoke rushes in.
As you leave, close all doors behind you. They can slow down the spread of fire and smoke.
Smoke contains deadly gases and is hot, so it will fill the room from the top down. If you encounter smoke using your primary exit, use your alternate route instead, If you must exit through smoke, the best air will be several inches off the floor. Get down on your hands and knees, and crawl quickly to the exit.
IF YOU ARE TRAPPED, close doors between you and the fire. Stuff the cracks around doors and cover vents to keep smoke out. Wait at a window, and signal for help with a flashlight, if you have one, or by waving a sheet or other light-colored cloth. If there's a phone in the room where you're trapped, call the fire department and tell them exactly where you are.
Remember, in desparate night fire emergency, your family will NOT get a second chance. Everyone must act quickly, correctly, and AUTOMATICALLY. They will if you give them that chance. It's YOUR duty and responsibility.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 14 May 2007 20:43 )|