KFD urges you to make a Fire Escape Plan

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KINGSPORT – More than 15,925 people were injured by fire in the United States in 2013, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have as little as two minutes to safely escape once the alarm sounds.

Planning can help protect you, your family, and your home when seconds count. Here are a few steps to help‚ keep your family fire safe:

  • Check that all smoke alarms are working properly;
  • Make a map of your home and mark all windows and doors through which you may escape;
  • Choose a meeting place outside the home where firefighters can see you and your family;
  • Write the emergency telephone number for your fire department on your escape plan;
  • Practice your fire escape drill; and
  • Keep your fire escape plan in a common area where everyone can see it, i.e. refrigerator.

For more information about protecting your family and developing a fire escape plan, check out the home fire escape materials from the U.S. Fire Administration.