You’ve got the smoke alarms and the carbon monoxide detectors, and you change their batteries regularly. But does your family know what to do when an alarm sounds? If not, it’s time for a family fire drill.
Listen to BOB VILA ON FIRE DRILLS or read the text below:
You need two escape routes from every room, especially the bedrooms. The second route is often a window, so be sure those can be easily opened. If a window exit requires an escape ladder, make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
Then pick a meeting place outside, in front of and well away from the house. That’s where you’ll find one another after you make your escape.
Tell everyone in the family what the plan is and be sure they understand it. Then stage a family fire drill. Make it a challenge: use a stopwatch to track exit times, or award prizes for the fastest ones out. After the first drill, revise the plan if you need to, then schedule drills twice a year. Be sure to let regular visitors and babysitters know the plan. It may feel silly the first time, but in case of fire being prepared can mean the difference between life and death.
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