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Operation E.D.I.T.H. (exit drills in the home)

It is extremely important for all family members in a household to know what to do in the event of a fire in the home. It is also important for adults to teach young people what to do in the event of a fire.

Prior planning is the key to fire safety in the home. Create a plan for every one to follow when fire is detected. The following elements must be identified and followed in the event of a fire:

  • Plan and practice fire escape routes and make sure everyone knows two ways of every room.
  • Have a plan to escape if bars cover the window
  • Use a chain ladder to escape from upper floor levels and practice escaping with it.
  • Teach children that firefighters are their friends, and they will help in the event of emergencies.
  • Identify a place outside to meet in case of a fire.
  • Call 911 in the event of an emergency

What to do in case of a fire…

  • Crawl low, under the smoke
  • Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If hot, use another exit. If not hot, open the door slowly, and check for smoke and fire.
  • Meet at the designated meeting place outside, and then call for help. Never return to a burning building.

 

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