Sioux Falls Fire Rescue officials say they hope your family never needs to put your family fire evacuation plan to the test. During Fire Prevention Week they do want you to make sure your family is prepared and ready if you ever need to get out of your home in a hurry.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews tell us a fire escape plan could absolutely save your life. They say if a fire breaks out in your home that's not the time to be trying to plan. They say you'll likely be disoriented, it might be hard to see, and it might be hard to find all of your family members quickly in a fire. That's why they say it is so important to have a plan ready to go.
The National Fire Protection Association says you need to have a home fire escape plan that your family is always ready to execute if the smoke alarm goes off. They say you also need to have two different ways out of your home in your plan in case one of your routes is blocked by smoke or flames. They say just talking about this plan isn't enough. They say you and your family needs to practice this plan.
Officials say only one-third of Americans have both put together and practiced a home fire escape plan. They also say most Americans think they will have much more time than they actually would to escape a fire. Officials say working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
Here's how fire officials suggest you put together your plan. First they say have everyone in your family walk through the house and look for all possible exits and escape routes. Make sure your plan has two different ways out and if you have younger kids maybe draw it out for them to help them remember. Make sure smoke alarms are in every sleeping room and outside each sleeping area on every level of the home. Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone can meet after they escape the house. Make sure your street number is easy to see from the outside so fire crews can find your home easily. If you have a baby or a family member with mobility limits, officials suggest that someone is assigned to help them in case of an emergency.
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