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When is the last time you and your fam sat down and talked about your family emergency escape plan? If you haven’t yet, you aren’t alone. Only 43% of homeowners have an emergency escape plan and just 33% have actually discussed fire safety with their family. Admittedly, we hadn’t discussed our plan with our kids in at least a couple years which is far too long. We should be updating and going over our plan at minimum a couple times a year.
Thankfully, First Alert came to the rescue with some serious escape plan inspo! Plan, practice, repeat is our new mantra! It should be your family’s too and I’m going to tell you why! But first let’s focus on what you should do before you nail down your family emergency escape plain. You need to make sure you’ve installed all the necessary protection. Let’s talk alarms shall we?
The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing smoke alarms on every level of your home. That includes the basement, and inside and outside each sleeping area. Along that same vein, carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level as well. Fire extinguishers and escape ladders, for two story homes, should also be a part of your home safety kit. Ensuring your family’s home has all the safety bases covered doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. First Alert’s line of products make it easy for you to snag all of these vital safety must-haves in one fell swoop!
First Alert products to consider are the Smoke Alarm, the Carbon Monoxide Alarm and the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm combo. These 10-year sealed battery alarms mean no battery replacements for the life of the alarm. And you can also say goodbye to the headache of pulling out your ladder to change those batteries. AND my favorite part, you will no longer be subjected to ridiculously annoying low battery chirps. Oh how those drive me bonkers!
Top 3 Family Emergency Escape Plan Tips
1. Spell out your emergency escape plan on paper. I’m a visual learner and so are my kids. We created our personalized plan together and it was a great way to keep their attention focused on the subject! Download your escape own planning sheet!
escape planning sheet
2. Practice, practice and more practice. You want your kids to know that plan backwards and forwards so they can do it on their own if they have to.
3. Designate a meeting spot outside your home and make sure you have a neighbor you can turn to if you don’t have access to a phone.
See? That doesn’t sound so hard does it? Spending just a couple hours a year on your family emergency escape plan can save you a lifetime of regret! Just remember these three little words…plan, practice, repeat! We don’t want to think about tragedy striking our house, but the fact is it could happen to anyone. Preparation could make all the difference for your family…a life-saving difference!
*Source: First Alert Research Report, June 2016 – Results are based on the responses of 1,000+ adult homeowners, ages 25 and older, living in the United States.