It’s never too soon to prepare for an emergency. According to The Red Cross, one of the most common emergencies faced by families every day is a home fire – but unlike other disasters, home fires can often be prevented.
To stay safe, The Red Cross recommends these tips:
• Check existing smoke alarms and make sure to install one on every floor, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
• Practice fire drills at home several times a year to reduce evacuation time to less than two minutes and pick a place to meet outside.
• Fire escape plans should include two ways to get out of every room; consider escape ladders for bedrooms and homes on the second floor or above.
Additionally, every household should at least have the basics in place:
• Put together an emergency preparedness kit that contains food, water and other basic supplies to last at least three days.
• Ensure each kit includes essential medicines, copies of important documents and special items for children and pets.
• Plan to stay safe and communicate during disasters. Decide what to do if your family becomes separated or needs to evacuate.
• Coordinate plans with your place of employment and your child’s school, and know local emergency plans. Understand and be informed on the disasters that affect your local area and how to access guidance and information during an emergency.
“Preparedness is an ‘all of us’ activity, not just something for emergency preparedness professionals. There are simple things families can do now to prevent emergencies and make their lives better in the aftermath of a disaster,” says Russ Paulsen, Executive Director, Community Preparedness and Resilience Services for The Red Cross.
Source: The Red Cross
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