The second week in October is Fire Prevention Week sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association. A fire disaster is often something we think will never happen to us, until it does. That’s why it’s best to expect the best but be prepared for the worst. You can share with your policyholders the importance of creating a fire escape plan, and give them these tips:

  • Walk through the home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Families with children should consider drawing a floor plan of the home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
  • When walking through the plan, make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (a neighbor’s house, a light post, mailbox or stop sign) a safe distance in front of the home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Mark the location of the meeting place on the escape plan.
  • If there are infants or older adults in the home, assign someone to assist them in the event of an emergency.

Reproduced from NFPA’s website, www.nfpa.org.  © 2015 NFPA