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Home Fire Drills
From National Fire Protection Association. You can survive a fire in your home if you plan and practice your escape. Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.
Plan Your Escape
- Draw a floor plan of your home. Show 2 ways out of each room. Discuss escape routes with everyone in your home.
- Agree on a meeting place outside where everyone will gather once you've escaped.
- Make sure everyone can clearly hear and recognize the sound of all smoke alarms at all times.
- Studies have shown that some children may not waken to the sound of the smoke alarms. Know what your child will do before a fire occurs.
- Once you have escaped use a neighbors phone or a portable phone to call 911.
- Teach everyone in your household how to unlock and open all windows and doors.
- If your windows have security bars, equip them with quick-release devices.
- Keep stairways and exits clear and free from clutter.
Install & Maintain Your Smoke Alarms
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. For the best protection install interconnected smoke alarms in each bedroom and throughout the home. When 1 sounds, they all sound.
- Test smoke alarms once a month and replace their batteries twice a year. An easy way to remember to change your batteries is when the seasonal times spring forward or fall back its time to change your batteries.
- Replace any alarm that's more than 10 years old.
- Install smoke alarms with strobe lights for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Your building's management should post an emergency evacuation plan on every floor. Make sure people with disabilities are included in escape planning and practice.
- Your plan may instruct you to:
- Leave immediately.
- Stay where you are and wait to be rescued.
- Move to an area away from the fire and wait to be rescued.
- Follow instructions given over your building's public address system, if you have one.
- Keep a portable phone with you during a fire emergency.
- React immediately if you are trapped. Seal vents and cracks around doors with a wet cloth.
- Do not assume that you can or will be rescued from the roof.
- Learn and practice your building's evacuation plan.
- Know the location of all the buildings exits and fire alarms.
- Report any locked or blocked exits to your building's management.
- If you hear the smoke alarm, leave immediately.
- Use the stairs, never use elevators, during a fire.
- Do not go back inside once you've escaped a fire.
- Feel the door. If the door is hot, use your 2nd way out. If it's cool, open it slowly. Close it quickly if smoke pours through.
- If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
- Close doors behind you as you escape to slow the spread of fire and smoke.
Jerry HoltFire Chief/Emergency Preparedness Director
3927 121st Street
Urbandale, IA 50323
Phone: : 515-278-3970Fax: : 515-278-3972
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.