CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fire Prevention Week: Plan, practice your escape
Fire Prevention week is October 6 – 12 and this year’s theme is: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, PLAN and PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE!”
Escaping a fire in your home takes planning and practice for everyone no matter your age. Creating a home fire escape plan is critical. Practicing your escape plan through real-life drills are an essential part of fire safety. Your plan needs to be developed and practiced before fire strikes.
Home fire escape planning should include the following:
• Drawing a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows
• Going to each room and pointing to the two ways out
• Making sure someone will help children, older adults, and people with disabilities wake up and get out
• Teaching children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them
• Establishing a meeting place outside and away from the home where everyone can meet after exiting
• Having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms
Home fire escape practice should include the following:
• Pushing the smoke alarm button to start the drill
• Practicing what to do in case there is smoke: Get low and go. Get out fast.
• Practicing using different ways out and closing doors behind you as you leave
• Never going back for people, pets, or things
• Going to your outdoor meeting place
• Calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone
Things to consider when teaching your children how to escape a fire.
• Do they know how to work the window and door locks? Many children have no idea how to work the locks in their own homes.
• Are the windows painted shut and do they open easily? Check this now and correct the problem; repair damaged windows and remove excess paint.
• Let children know it is OK to break out the window screen if they need to escape a fire.
• Makes sure children know two ways out of every room in the home.
• Practice your escape plan drills during the night and daytime.
Remember, once you get out of a burning home, STAY OUT!
Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.
• Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
• Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
For free smoke alarms; within the City of Lebanon, contact the Lebanon Fire Department at 417.532.2104 to schedule an appointment. Members of the department will install smoke detectors in your home at no cost to you.