January 18th//Pacific Palisades

Fire Safety and the Importance of Having a Fire Safety Plan in Your Home

Local Fire Station 69 reminds Palisadians of the importance of having a fire safety plan in place.

I read an article in the Palisades Post last week that our local Fire Station 69 urges families to review their fire safety plans. Reading the article, I was shocked to learn that a properly operating fire/smoke detector may give you as little as a 2 minute warning to get out of your house safely.

There are several things they suggest to keep you and your loved ones safe in case of a house fire. Before an emergency, everyone should learn to sleep with their doors closed. There are a couple of things that are important to teach your children if there is a fire in your house:

  • Children should keep their doors closed.
  • They should also know, if they are old enough, how to open the window and how to call 911.
  • Children will need to know their address and how to describe where they are in the house.
  • It is also imperative that, when you’re making your plan make sure you have a meeting place outside and everyone knows where it is.

Here are some other things to know:

  • Make sure that you or the others in your house know to raise or open the windows that you may need to escape through. It is also important that kids know the rescue plan in advance.
  • As you make your through the house to the child they are responsible for, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. If there is fire blocking your way, give your children clear, verbal instructions, call 911 and tell them where the children are located.
  • Make sure you feel the door knob and the door before exiting. If the door and door knob is cool, it is ok to open the door stay low and move quickly through the house. If the door is too hot, stay inside your room and call the fire department immediately and make sure to give them detailed information.
  • When you call 911 make sure you tell the operator 3 things: it is a fire, the home address and how many people are inside.
  • Remember you only have 120 seconds to get out of your house. Create a plan that works for you and your family and make sure everyone knows that plan. This article made me realize that I have to make sure that we have a plan in place and that everyone knows the plan. What a great reminder!

Do you have a fire safety plan? What is your plan?  Please share your ideas and leave your comments below.

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