From a Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office news release.
After 11 Washington State fire-related deaths in December 2016, State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy is stressing the importance of having working smoke alarms and having a home fire escape plan.
“Fire safety in the home should be the one New Year’s resolution you never break,” said Duffy.
“If a fire were to break out in your home, you literally have only seconds to ensure your family’s safety.”
The State Fire Marshal Office is reminding residents to make fire safety in the home a priority.
Most fire deaths happen when people are asleep between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. Don’t let this happen in your home.
Keep your family safe by installing smoke alarms and testing them monthly to make sure they work.
Steps for planning your family’s escape from a fire:
1. Make a map of your home.
2. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
3. Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.
4. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
5. Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
6. Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.