Fire escape plans save lives. Period.

In 2011, the National Fire Protection Agency conducted a study which found that 7 Americans die in a fire every single day. If this figure alarms you, you are not alone. The American Red Cross launched a national campaign on October 7, 2014 to educate people about the life-saving benefits of smoke detectors and fire escape plans.  ServiceMaster of the Twin Cities cares about your safety. Take time to create and practice a fire escape plan with your family. In the event of a fire, it is important that everyone in your home or facility know exactly what to expect and what to do. Your fire escape plan might look something like this.

In the Event of a Fire We Will…

Act Quickly

If the fire is still small, use a fire extinguisher or another fire extinguishing method. If the fire is spreading rapidly, get out. There is no time to grab valuables. Get away from the fire as quickly as possible.

Know to Crawl.

Deadly black smoke and scorching high temperatures rise. Stay low to the ground and crawl to safety.

 Know That Fire is Dark.

The initial flames are bright, but a room on fire quickly fills with pitch black smoke. You may not be able to see anything; which is another important reason to practice.

Know Two Ways Out of Every Room.

Generally, a window and a door are your best options. Crawl to the door. Touch the handle with the back of your hand. If it burns you, don’t open it! Quickly head to the window. Use something to break it if necessary.

Head to the Agreed Upon Meeting Place.

Everyone should agree on a place to meet in the event of a fire. It should be in front of your home or facility where fire fighters can see you, but far enough away from the flames for safety.

After you have created your fire escape plan, practice it once a month. Include everyone, even small children. A minor flame can get out of control and turn into a major fire in as little as 30 seconds. Be prepared. Learn more about the American Red Cross’ fire safety campaign here.

If you experience a fire in your home or office ServiceMaster of the Twin Cities can help with the cleanup. We know how traumatizing a fire can be; and that you just want things to get back to normal. Fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, and odor removal are key to helping you get back on track; and on with your life. Call us today at 612-871-3885. We answer our phone 24/7.