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  • Each Year, Thousands of People Die in House Fires

    In most instances, those people could have survived if they had installed and maintained smoke detectors and if they had an escape plan which had been regularly practiced. Because most fatal fires occur at night, regular practice of your home fire escape plan is important. It will give you confidence and a head start if a fire emergency occurs...and, in a fire, seconds count!

    E.D.I.T.H. - A plan to save your life in case of fire. Don't wait for smoke and fire to surprise you. Gather everyone in your home and plan your fire escape now. Then practice your E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills in the Home). Remember to make a new plan immediately if you move.

    Some Tips That Could Save Your Life

    Draw two escape routes from each room -- especially bedrooms. Include hallways and stairs along each route.

    Install and maintain smoke detectors. Their early warning can mean the difference between life and death.

    Make sure that you know how to open windows and that they open easily. Think about how you would get out. Is the window low enough for you to hang from the window sill and then drop to the ground? From the upstairs, plan your route to the ground across balconies or porch roofs. Decide if you need a special fire escape ladder. Know how to safely install and use one.

    Accommodate the special needs of disabled people or very young children in your plan. Be sure that they are located near an exit and can receive assistance easily, if needed.

    Teach children never to hide under beds or in closets. Bring children to the firestation so that they can see the protective gear that firefighters use. This will help them to not be afraid of firefighters during a rescue.

    If your clothes catch fire, STOP where you are. DROP to the ground and ROLL over to put out the flames. DO NOT RUN. Running will only increase the flames.

    Make sure that everyone knows to dial 911 in case of an emergency. If your house is on fire, make your 911 call from a neighbor's house.

    Your first priority is to get out quickly and safely. Once you are out of the house - stay out. No possessions are worth your life.