Preparing for emergencies with First Alert

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In July we had two big earthquakes. It got me thinking right away that Blake and I should sit down with the kids and really explain emergencies and what we should do in the event of an emergency. Did you know that 43% of homeowners have an emergency escape plan and only 33% have discussed fire safety with their family? In the event of an emergency, every second counts. That’s why it’s important to plan and practice your emergency escape route and discuss fire safety with your entire family. I wanted to share with you today with the help of First Alert how our family is now prepared in the event of an emergency.

We created a home escape plan. Just draw a map of your home showing all the doors and windows. Make this a whole family affair, that way in the event of an emergency everyone will know how to exit and where to meet. Your children should know at least two ways out of every room. Have a meeting spot outside, a safe distance away from your home, like a tree or mailbox. Practice your emergency escape plan at least twice a year. Remember - Plan. Practice. Repeat. Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. Once you're outside at your meeting place, call 911. If you not have access to your phone, call from a neighbors house.

You can download the Escape Planning Sheet here.

Having an emergency escape plan is important, but installing the necessary protection is key. The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and inside and outside each sleeping area.

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level, including the basement and near each sleeping area. An easy way to remember this is think, "every level, every bedroom."  Remember to test alarms regularly.  Test the batteries in your alarm at least every 6 months or upgrade to 10-year sealed battery alarms, which eliminate the need for battery replacements for the life of the alarm.

 Fire extinguishers should be kept on every level of the home, especially on the main level near the kitchen.(Other areas, laundry room. garage , near bedrooms, by the grill) For two story homes, add an emergency escape ladder in case your exit is blocked.

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I hope this information helped. I wanted to share the importance of having an emergency escape plan and safety tips for you and your family. You can never be too prepared. Remember to plan, practice, and repeat.