In event of a fire, you may only have one or two minutes to escape after the alarm sounds. Having a plan can help you get to safety as soon as possible. This year’s National Fire Prevention Association’s Fire Prevention Week reminds you to have a plan with its theme “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” Your plan’s details can make a big difference in event of a fire emergency. Experts recommend you start by drawing a map of the home and planning the escape route. Designate a place outside to meet near a sidewalk or neighbor. Make a regular reminder to review your escape route, meeting place, and practice the fire escape. Also test the smoke detectors (if battery operated). If your smoke detectors are connected to the security system, schedule an annual inspection where your technician will clean the device of any debris and test that it correctly notifies the monitoring station in event of fire. With professionally monitored smoke detectors, you can still depend on quick alarm notifications, even if you aren’t home as the monitoring station will immediately notify the fire department.
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