September 5, 2006

The Union Fire Protection District Would like for its citizens to “Clear Your Escape Route” This is a fire safety message delivered by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). 

A blocked escape route could mean the difference between life & death in the event of a fire.  Household items such as furniture, televisions, dressers, tables, couches, and even potted plants need to be arranged so as they do not block doors or windows.  Remember this also applies to hallways leading from bedrooms.  Household items as described above can create an obstruction to an evacuating family as much as a child’s pile of toys left in front of a door.  As the cold weather approaches many homes cover their windows with plastic during the winter months.  Be sure everyone in the home knows how to easily remove the plastic in the event a window is needed as an escape route.  And yes even the holidays with all the festive decorations can create blocked routes if not properly arranged.  Often times security measures such as padlocks, bars, double keyed dead bolts, & even nailed shut windows used to keep intruders out can prevent family members from escaping the home in the event of a fire.

Union Fire Marshal Russell Hamilton recommends planning & practicing a home fire escape plan.  Begin by identifying two escapes routes from every room & be sure routes are clear and can be used safely by everyone.  Inspect all doors to be sure they are operating properly and can be used as ones primary escape route, then do the same for the windows as they can be used as a secondary escape route.  Planning and practicing is the key to an effective escape.