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Escape?

A Plan of Escape if there is a Fire in Your Home...

We've talked about evacuation before, as well as Emergency Planning and Evacuation Procedures for businesses, but what is the plan at home?

evacuation - 2-ways-outIf a fire starts in your home, you may have only one to two minutes to escape. Your ability to get out safely depends on having working smoke alarms and planning ahead.

The U.S. Fire Administration has tips for creating a fire escape plan:

  • Walk through your home, and identify two ways out of each room. Make sure everyone in your home can escape from both ways. This will help them prepare in case one way is blocked by fire.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped and where firefighters can see you and know you are out.
  • Sound the smoke alarm, and practice your escape drill with everyone in your home.

Get more information about fire escape planning on the U.S. Fire Administration website. You’ll find videos, flyers, and other resources to share with family and friends. Many of the resources are available in English and Spanish.

When dealing with a fire, you want to deal with two parts. Try to extinguish it and/or evacuate and get the heck out of Dodge. We all have supplies you need to not only prepare for a fire, like extinguishers, fire ladders and even document bags but also evacuate from the danger, like using a fire axe, fire retardant blanket or our Xcaper fire masks for dealing with the smoke thick and toxic smoke. We are your one-stop shop for emergency fire and evacuation supplies!

An emergency action plan is a written document required by particular OSHA standards (29 CFR 1910.38). The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies and evacuations A poorly prepared plan likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, injury, and property damage.

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