As of October 13, the all-volunteer members of the Rose Tree Fire Company have responded to 220 calls since the start of the year, 26 of which occurred since our update in last month’s newsletter.
Safety Tip: Fire won’t wait, plan your escape
Fire moves fast, so you need to be prepared to move even faster. Unlike what we see in television and movies, where fires produce a thin gray smoke that you can easily see through, a house fire can fill your home with thick, black, toxic smoke in just a matter of minutes.
It’s critical that you and your family or roommates know exactly how to escape in the event of a fire. Review the below tips and formulate an escape plan. Make sure everyone in your home – including guests –knows the plan, and practice it at least twice a year (once during the day, and once at night).
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
- Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
- Call 911 after you’re safely out of the house – getting to safety is your first priority.
- Make sure your home escape plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.