Create a Home Fire Escape Plan

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 by admin |

House on FireIf your house were to catch fire, do you have a plan?

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.

Facts and figures

In 2011, there were an estimated 370,000 reported home structure fires and 2,520 associated civilian deaths in the United States.

Only one-third of Americans have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.

One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Source: Harris Interactive Survey, Fall 2004 (PDF, 759 KB).

The National Fire Protection Association has a guide to escape planning that you may want to use to create your own home fire escape plan.

Tips for how create a Fire Escape Plan and how to do it.

1. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows, and discuss the plan with all family members.

2. Know at least 2 exits from every room in the house, and be sure that all doors and windows open easily.

3. Have an outdoor meeting place for all family members to report to if there is ever a fire.  It should be a safe distance from the house.  It could be a tree, a pole, a streetlight or a mailbox.

4. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day, with everyone in your home, twice per year.

5. Practice using different ways out of the house.

6. Teach the children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

7. Close doors behind you as you leave.

What if a Fire Alarm goes off at home?

1. Get out and stay out. Never go back for people or pets.  You need to make sure you’re safe and can call the fire department.  They can get their quickly to help anyone else.

2. If you have to escape through smoke, get low, and go underneath the smoke.  Try not to breathe in too much of it.

3. Call the fire department from outside of your home.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 by admin |

While this isn’t technically an episode of Pro Home Safety, Roy posted this on his blog RoyOnRescue. I felt it was a message that was all too perfect for home safety, though, and decided to also post it here. In the video, Roy talks about the possible dangers of Carbon Monoxide gas in the home and garage and how it can occur, how to recognize it and how to prevent it. As we move closer to the end of the year, colder weather is on its’ way to the northern hemisphere, and you won’t want to miss this good reminder about a possible silent killer that can be prevented.

CDC reminds us of some of the basic ways to prevent this from happening.

How can I prevent CO poisoning from my home appliances?

- Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
– Do not use portable flame-less chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors. Although these heaters don’t have a flame, they burn gas and can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.
– If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator’s cooling unit have an expert service it. An odor from the cooling unit of your gas refrigerator can mean you have a defect in the cooling unit. It could also be giving off CO.
– When purchasing gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency, such as the American Gas Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories.
Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.

In Depth C.O. Poisoning Info From the CDC

Welcome to ProHomeSafety

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by admin |

Pro Home SafetyWelcome to the all new version of ProHomeSafety.com!  We’ve re-imagined ProHomeSafety as a blog where you can get your questions answered about safety around the house.  Here’s our old intro video.  Our CPR, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens trainings are available online at ProCPR.org, ProFirstAid.com, or ProBloodborne.com for your certification needs.