This October, the National Fire Protection Association launched a campaign in an effort to bring fire prevention into the spotlight. The campaign, Two Ways Out, emphasizes being prepared with an escape plan that includes two ways out from every room in your home. The team at Advocate Brokerage would like to encourage all of us to take a few moments to create a Two Ways Out plan.
Below is a step by step guide as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association:
- Draw a map of your house (you can use the NFPA’s grid) and mark two exits from each room. Be sure to mark the path to outside from each exit.
- Review the map with your entire family so everyone is aware of the plan.
- Teach children how to escape, in case you are not able help them.
- Conduct a fire drill twice a year, one at night and one during the day.
- Remind everyone to close the doors behind them when they leave, to slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
Each news story reporting a home destroyed or a life lost to a fire is one too many. Advocate Brokerage is commited to educating each client they serve with information to keep your family safe in the event of a fire-related emergency. See below for more information on the importance of detectors & central station alarms.
A smoke detector in good working order can prevent a tragedy. If your home doesn’t have smoke detectors, be sure to get them installed right away. If you have them, be sure to test them each month to be sure they will work when you most need them.
Other smoke detector tips include:
- Make sure you have alarms in each bedroom as well as outside each sleeping area.
- At minimum, install a smoke alarm on each floor, including the basement and the attic.
- In addition to monthly testing, be sure you replace the battery yearly.
- If your smoke alarms are 10 years or older, it is a good idea to have them replaced.
- Consider having an interconnected alarm system, particularly in a larger home.
Central Station Alarms
Having a central station fire alarm installed in your home can save your family’s life. With a central station fire & burglar alarm system, when an alert is triggered, operators within the monitoring station dispatch the police and/or fire department right away. Insurance companies often provide a significant discount for proper installation of both a central station fire and burglar alarm system.
Addition fire safety tips include…
- Make sure the house number is clearly marked so that it is easy for the fire department to find. If your house is off the beaten path or more difficult to locate, it may be a good idea to call your local fire department and be sure they know how to find you.
- Make sure to have the phone number to the local fire department saved in your cell phone and to teach children to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
- Register a key-holder with your local fire and police department. This identifies whom emergency responders should get in touch with in the event of an emergency situation. Check with the local fire and police departments for their procedures to have a key-holder put on your record.
- Once you get outside in a fire situation, stay outside, you never should go back inside.
- Designate a specific meeting place for your family to go to, either across or down the street, in the event a fire separates you.
For more information on fire damage protection and insurance, call Advocate Brokerage at (914)723-7100.