Did you know that if your house is on fire you only have 2 minutes to escape to safety? And did you know that kids as young as the age of 3 can start practicing a fire escape drill? Exit Drills In the Home (EDITH) are so important in helping your family stay safe and survive a fire. Here are some tips:
- Sit down with your family and draw a fire escape plan.
- Make sure you have two ways out of every room. You might not be able to exit through the door and you might have to use the window.
- Install and maintain smoke alarms.
- Install fire escape ladders if needed.
- Sleep with your door closed.
- Establish a meeting place.
- Remind children to never hide if there is a fire.
- If the alarm sounds, check the door with the back of your hand. If it's hot, do not open the door.
- If you are trapped in your room, turn on the light and go to the window. Take down the curtains and blinds and open the window to signal for help if you can.
- Never go back into the house if it's on fire - not for a toy, pet or family member.
- PRACTICE your plan!
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