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LEARN two ways out of every room. In a fire, you may have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.
Develop an escape plan with all members of your family. A home escape plan includes:
Practice your plan with everyone in your home twice a year.
Home escape planning & practice are more important than everPeople tend to think the risk of having a home fire is low. They also think home is the place they’re safest from fire when it’s actually the place they’re at greatest risk. In fact, home fires can and do happen quite often: U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 90 seconds in 2016. Also, the majority of U.S. fire deaths (approximately 80%) occur in homes.
The good news is that the number of home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. This means people are getting better at preventing fires from happening. Unfortunately, the likelihood of dying in a home fire today has actually increased. NFPA’s most recent data shows that the home fire death risk was 10% higher in 2106 than in 1980. This means there’s still a lot of work to do in educating people how to safely escape a home fire.
Today’s homes burn faster than everThis is the result of several factors:
Out and aboutWhen you’re out and about, situational awareness is key! Remember to be aware of your surroundings and make a plan for how you would escape a building in the event of a fire or other emergency.