Fire Prevention Week: How Your Family Can Practice Fire Safety

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It’s 2:00 a.m. and you awake in a panic. The smoke alarm is beeping as the air fills with smoke.

How much time would you and your family have to escape your home? Five minutes? Four? Think again. According to the American Red Cross, you might have as little as two minutes to evacuate everyone safely.

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week – which runs from Sunday, October 8, through Saturday, October 14 – here are some things you and your family can do together to reduce the likelihood of fire in your home, as well as know how to respond in case of a fire emergency.

Protect Your Family: Smoke Detectors

We’ve all heard about the value of smoke detectors a million times, and with good reason. Installing and maintaining smoke detectors is still the most important step you can take to protect your family from fire death or injury.

What You Already Know About Smoke Detectors

The detector should be no more than ten years old. You can check the date on the back of the unit. Test the batteries monthly, and replace often. Install them in all bedrooms, hallways outside bedrooms, and on each level of your home.

What You Might Not Know About Smoke Detectors

There are two types of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric works better with slower, smoldering fires, while the ionization type is more suited to faster, flaming fires. Most experts recommend that you have both in your home.

The Escape Plan: Make It a Game!

Take the time to plan an escape route for everyone in the home, designating a “meet up spot” outside. What good is an escape route, though, if no one remembers it? The answer is simple: practice, and make it fun! Kids love games and challenges. Record the time it takes everyone to make it from their beds to the meetup spot, and then try to beat that time. The more often you practice, the more likely your children will follow the plan, rather than freeze in panic or confusion when every second counts. Set your calendar to remind you to practice monthly.

Your friends at Apollo Insurance Services hope you stay safe and prepared in case of a fire, not just during fire prevention week but every day of the year!

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