E.D.I.T.H. can save your life!
Who is this E.D.I.T.H. that can save your life? This E.D.I.T.H. is
not a person, but a plan you make to escape from fire in your home.
E - escape, D - drills, I - in, T - the, H - home.
Fires in the home are the cause of many deaths. In fact, 70% of all fatalities by
fire occur in private residences. Most of these could have been prevented if the
families had a fire escape plan and if they would of practiced the plan!
In only three minutes your home could be totally involved in fire. Time is not
on your side. If a fire occurs in your home, every second counts. Members of your
family should react quickly and calmly. It only takes three minutes to loose
everything you have, including your children.
Design a plan
If you don't already have a plan for your family's emergency fire escape,
sit down with your family today and make one. Diagrams showing emergency
escape routes are a helpful visual aid for all family members. I have included
an example diagram, draw one for your home:
Note: At least two ways out of each room & a family meeting place
link to a piece of graph paper to print out
Plan for at least two escape routes, in the event fire blocks one of them.
Make sure children can work all the windows, doors and locks they may have
to use with an alternate escape route. If the alternate escape route is from
the second floor, be sure there is a safe way to the ground. If it's smoky,
get down, stay low and crawl fast. And, make sure everyone in your family
understands that they must not go back into your home, Not for anything.
Choose a meeting place
Very important, choose a meeting place outdoors where your family is to
meet for a head count. This way you can make sure everyone has exited
from the home safely. Never go back into your home!
Drill your escape plan
After checking the plan on paper, actually drill the entire plan. Have everyone
start in their bedroom, with the doors closed. One person should shout, ring a
bell, or push the smoke detector's test button to start the drill. Everyone should
then crawl under the "smoke" and meet out side at the meeting place.
Test smoke detectors
For your plan to work, your home must also be equipped with operating
smoke detectors. Testing your smoke detector(s) every month is an excellent
opportunity to use E.D.I.T.H.
Check the door
If your awakened by your smoke detectors, and you suspect a fire, do not
open the door until you've tested it. To test your door, use the back of your
hand. If the door is warm, use your alternate escape route.
If the door is cool, stay low, brace your shoulder against the door and open
it a crack. If smoke and heat come in, slam the door shut and use your
alternate escape route. Try to keep closed doors between you and the smoke.
Never try to hide from fire
Tell little kids to never hide if there's a fire... not in a closet or under a bed.
Tell them to wait by a window and signal with a bed sheet or flashlight.
Sit down with your family and make your E.D.I.T.H. plans now, then practice,
it may save your life (or the life of someone you love)!