A fire threatens a home and family every 57 seconds Home fires are the fifth leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. Nearly 80 percent of all fire deaths occur where people sleep Home fires rank as the first cause of death for children under the age of 15 at home.
Escaping a fire is not easy, and because of its unpredictable nature and the manner in which it spreads, it’s difficult to know where and when a fire might strike. This is why it’s so important that you and your family develop and practice a fire escape plan that everyone understands. It can mean the difference between life and death.
The first rule of survival is to GET OUT IMMEDIATELY. When fire strikes your home, you may have as little as 1 to 2 minutes to escape. When you and your family prepare your escape plan, a meeting place should be prearranged. This should be somewhere safely away from the structure where all family members know to go immediately after escaping.
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