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Get Ready for National Fire Protection Week October 8-14

There are several national non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting fire safety practices to the public. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors a big promotion nationwide every fall to spread the word about fire safety. National Fire Protection Week is the week of October 8 through 14, and the theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!” The aim of this message is to reinforce the reasons why it is so important for your family to have an escape plan. As the premier chimney company in the Elkton, Maryland area, Ace Chimney Sweeps places a top priority on fire safety, and we would like to tell you more about how to make an escape plan for your family.

Draw a map of your home.

Get Ready for National Fire Protection Week - Elkton, MD - Ace ChimneyThe first step when making an escape plan is to draw a map of your home. This map is usable in the event of a fire, carbon monoxide leak, or other emergency requiring the evacuation of your home. Finally, it is essential to include every window and door in the house.

Find two ways out of every room.

In addition, including every window and door will help see the possible escape routes of every room. Ideally, there should be two escape options in each room. The most common routes are through a door or window. To make sure everyone will be able to easily escape, you should check to see that each window and door can open without any difficulties.

Establish a meeting place outside of your home.

Your family may not be able to leave the house as a group depending on where the fire is located. This is why you must pick a place to meet after escaping. The NFPA recommends choosing a spot in front of your house because it will be easy to be seen by emergency responders.

Practice your plan at least twice a year.

Your family needs to know exactly what to do if an emergency situation occurs. In addition, you should teach your children what to do during the escape plan before you try a practice run. Practicing your escape plan makes a big difference in what could happen in the unfortunate case of a house fire.

In conclusion, always remember every second counts when making your escape plan. For more information about this year’s National Fire Protection Week, contact us at Ace Chimney Sweeps. We are also here for all of your professional chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

By Richard Creswell on September 15th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment