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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.

  • Smoke Alarms

    Smoke_AlarmWorking smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half. The most dangerous fires are in homes without working smoke alarms. Most people who are killed in house fires die from carbon monoxide and smoke inhalation, not burns. Have an escape plan if fire breaks out in the home - “two ways out” should always be available.

    Smoke alarms should be in place in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement.

    For smoke alarms with replaceable batteries, replace the batteries once a year or sooner if chirping. Completely replace smoke alarms that have life-long batteries every 10 years old or if chirping.

    Also read about Evacuation

  • Fire Reporting and Procedure

    Do you have a Fire Plan at work? Not only should ever workplace have an evacuation map and plan, conduct drills, and have fire and evacuation equipment on hand, but any organization should have a specific procedure for reporting a fire or fire threat.

    Fire-EvacIf a fire alarm or alert is sounded or a fire is reported by an employee, regardless of the reason for the alarm or the severity of the fire, the following action must be taken immediately:

    The employee shall, if trained in the use of fire extinguishers, may attempt to suppress a small fire, until relieved by the Fire Department or until it becomes apparent that the fire cannot be controlled by fire extinguishers.

    Note:  Employees should never attempt to control a fire, which endangers their health.  They must immediately evacuate the area when it becomes apparent that the fire cannot be controlled or when conditions become more hazardous.  The employee shall Pull the Fire Alarm Box and notify management of the fire.

    fire-extinguishers-tileAmong all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires in healthcare facilities and offices cause millions of dollars in damage and result in hundreds of injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many employees do not realize how their own actions, or inaction, can contribute to the risk of fire and offices. Our training products on "Fire Prevention in Healthcare and Office" look at how fires start, review steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and discuss what employees should do in case of a fire emergency This includes the most common causes of fires, the concept of flashpoint, fire prevention and much more.

    DID YOU KNOW? A fire prevention plan must be in writing, kept in the workplace and be made available to all employees for review. However, an employer with 10 or fewer employees may communicate the plan orally.FIre Blanket

  • Burn Awareness

    Tomorrow begins Burn Awareness Week.

    All week we will be sharing Fire & Burn Safety information for you to read, learn and share.

    Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week in February, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. Burn Awareness Week, celebrated early in the year, is an excellent opportunity to “kick off” a year full of burn awareness education.

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