Tallahassee, FL - October 6, 2012
As firefighters we know and understand the importance of finding our way out of a burning building when things turn bad, but we often forget how important it is for everyone else to have the same understanding.
That is why this year, the Tallahassee Fire Department along with the National Fire Protection Agency has adopted, “Have 2 Ways
Out, Be Rabbit Ready”, as our theme for Fire Prevention Week October 7-13.
In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire.
It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames, that is why we say every second counts.
All families should develop and practice E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home) to ensure they are prepared if such an event occurs.
Some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include:
• Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find
two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead
outside open easily.
• Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing
laboratory. Use the ladder only in a real emergency.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
• Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
• Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
It is also important to designate a meeting place outside and take attendance. For
example, meet under a specific tree or at the end of the driveway or front sidewalk to make sure everyone has gotten out safely and no one will be hurt looking for someone who is already safe.
Also be sure that everyone in your home knows how to call 9-1-1 and that house numbers can be seen from the street day or night.
The value of being prepared during an emergency is immeasurable and cannot be ignored.
The Tallahassee Fire Department wants you and your family to be prepared in case of an emergency so that everyone walks away!
For more information on fire safety visit www.talgov.com/fire or call the Tallahassee Fire Department at 850-891-6600.