Mark Norford with Wyoming State Fire teaches us home fire safety

Make an Escape Plan

A home fire is reported every 88 seconds. Once the smoke alarm sounds, a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a minute or two to escape. That's why it's so important to have a home escape plan. Start by drawing a map for your home and following these guidelines from the NFPA:

· Plan two ways to escape from each room · Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily

· Identify secondary routes – a window onto an adjacent roof or a collapsible ladder from upper-story windows

· If you live in a multi-story building, plan to use the stairs – never the elevator

· Designate an outside meeting place a safe distance from the house where everyone should meet
Now Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan Home Fire Drill Day, a safety observance developed by Nationwide in partnership with NSC and other organizations, is held during Fire Prevention Week in October. Everyone – even children – need to know your family escape plan in case of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association indicates that 71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan but only 47% have practiced it. Practice your fire drill with everyone in the house at night and during the day, twice a year.

Remember to:

· Practice getting out with your eyes closed, crawling low to the floor and keeping your mouth covered

· Practice closing doors behind you · Practice how to “stop, drop and roll” if your clothes catch on fire

· Practice testing door handles to see if they are hot before opening them

· Teach children never to hide during a fire, and how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them