As part of this year's Fire Prevention Week, residents should ensure their fire plan includes two ways to evacuate.
Among the practical tips included is the recommended installation of Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (AFCIs), which are devices that can prevent more than 50% of the home electrical fires that occur in the USA each year.
The theme of this year's National Fire Prevention Week - "Every second counts: plan two ways out" - reinforces the importance of having a fire escape plan.
"A lot of times the parents may go out the back door when the child goes out the front door and the parents will still think they're in the house, so they'll go back in to get them and then something happens to them", Hammons said. They reassured students that they needn't be afraid of firefighters even when their uniforms make them look unrecognizable. Conduct one drill at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practise using different ways out. Teach them that "stop, drop, and roll" should only be used if their clothing catches fire.
As the Captain of Westby-Christiana Fire Department, I urge all our residents to use this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign as a reminder to develop a home escape plan with everyone in the household and practice it twice a year.
According to the American Red Cross, if a fire starts in your home, you may have as little as two minutes to escape.
"You really have to get engaged where you live because the fire department only goes there after a fire has occurred".
"We've responded to fires where the smoke alarms either didn't work or the house didn't have any at all", said Nugent. The 2014 code has identified that as a major issue and now requires all new residential dwellings to have a smoke alarm on every level and in every bedroom. Reliable, properly placed smoke detectors are vital to keeping your family safe.
People who have homes with more than one floor are encouraged to have fire ladders for the rooms upstairs. "Now, we are looking at about one minute for the hallways, too risky to try and get out, and two and a half, three minutes before the room is completely on fire".