According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) survey, 71% of households have a fire escape plan, but only 47% of those have practiced it.
This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape. TM". In a typical home fire, residents may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help them make the most of the time they have, giving everyone enough time to get out. It is also a must that your home has working smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors.
- Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can turn into a major fire.
- Fire is HOT! If you inhale the super-hot air in a home fire, it will scorch your lungs.
- Fire is DARK! If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around your home.
- Fire is DEADLY! The odorless, colorless fumes from a home fire can lull you into a deep sleep. You may not wake up in time to escape.
Watch the linked pictograph on how to make a simple Home Fire Escape Plan.
Above material provided by NFPA, FEMA and East Allen Township Fire Department.