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Establishing a Fire Evacuation Plan

Posted Sep 27th, 2016 in General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?

If a fire were to occur does your family have a fire evacuation plan in place? Being prepared can save a life, make sure you establish your family fire evacuation plan today!  

What is a Fire Evacuation Plan?

Establishing a Fire Evacuation Plan, Youngs Insurance, OntarioA fire evacuation plan is a sept-by-step plan for how to escape your home in the event of a fire. This plan is something that you should discuss as a family, ensuring everyone is aware of how to escape if necessary and where to meet following a fire.  Every escape route must be reviewed and understood by each family member. According to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, it is vital to establish two exit options out of every room, especially bedrooms. 

As a family you should practice your fire escape plan twice a year; and remember it isn’t a race to get out of the house, it is important to be mindful of moving quickly yet carefully. Be sure to make your practice drills realistic by blocking some exits, and practicing alternative escape avenues.
DID YOU KNOW? According to FEMA, “Text, don’t talk! - Texts often have an easier time getting through during emergencies, and you don’t want to tie up phone lines needed by emergency responders (like 911)”
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs created an escape plan template so that you can adapt it to your home.  >>ESCAPE PLAN TEMPLATE

Tyler Bielby, Personal Lines Specialist, Youngs Insurance Brokers Inc. explains;
“Having a Fire Evacuation Plan for your family is important. Remember time is of the essence; be prepared, move quick and carefully. Ensuring your family is informed, may save a life.”

Important Facts to Remember

  • Never use an elevator during a fire, use the stairs.
  • It is helpful to have a phone in your bedroom for such emergencies.
  • Test doors before using them; if a door handle is hot, do not use that exit.
  • If you are trapped, close all doors between you and the fire.
  • Stuff the door cracks with towels, blankets to keep out smoke.
  • Each family member should be taught how to call the 911.
  • If you are not able to get out of your room safely, be sure to inform 911 exactly where you are in your house.
  • Fire alarms should be installed outside of every bedroom, on every level of your home.
  • Fire alarm batteries should be changed yearly and should be replaced every 10 years.

At Youngs Insurance we want to ensure you and your family are informed and prepared in the case of a fire. If you would like more information, please contact a Youngs Insurance Broker today!

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