If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?
According to the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of Americans households estimate they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
The West Chester Township Fire Department teams up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week to promote:
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month
A working smoke alarm should be placed on every level of the house, in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Smoke alarms should be tested every month and batteries replaced twice each year.
It is recommended that smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years.
The West Chester Fire Department recommends the following tips for planning your family's escape:
- Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
- Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they've escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
- Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
- Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
- Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
The West Chester Township Fire Department offers fire safety programs all year long.
To schedule a program for your school, organization or neighborhood,
call the Fire Department at 777-1133.
The National Fire Protection Association offers some fun educational programming for children. Please check out the following: