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Mayor Gavin Buckley and the Annapolis Fire Department Urges E.D.I.T.H (Escape Drills In the Home).
(Annapolis, MD) – Emergencies can occur at any time, especially when they take place unexpectedly. According to the United States Fire Administration, in 2017 there were 2,174 reported fire fatalities, 65 of those occurred between the dates of December 17th and the 23rd 2017. Fire Chief David L. Stokes, Sr says “it is never a good feeling when you experience any kind of emergency, especially in the home but, creating an escape plan for your family, and practicing it is something that can calm your fears by knowing that your loved ones will know what to do in case of a fire or any other type of emergencies.” So as you spend these frigid, blustery days inside, The Annapolis Fire Department has a fun and safe activity for the entire family. Gather the members of your household, and create a Home Escape Plan. Listed below are some tips to creating and using this important safety tool.
- Draw a map of your home showing all windows and doors.
- Visit each room and find two ways out if possible.
- Make sure all windows and doors open easily so that you can get outside. If you have security bars, ensure that they have a mechanism or latch that can be easily opened.
- Make sure your home has working smoke alarms installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For maximum safety, install one in each bedroom as well.
- Pick a place to meet outside of your home.
- Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
- Once you have created your Home Escape Plan the most important thing to do is PRACTICE the plan. Always remember that once you are out, STAY OUT and do not go back in to retrieve anything!!
Annapolis Fire Department Spokesperson Ken White states “Get creative in practicing your plan, this will help you in getting to know your house well enough no matter what situation may arise. Practice your escape from various rooms and in limited visibility at least twice a year. Practice during the day as well as at night. This will be a good time to test those smoke alarms, activate your smoke alarm using the test button, as a way to signal your family that the practice has started, this will teach them to move quickly if the smoke alarms activates”
Have a note pad of some sort or a document with important information on it such as your address, phone numbers and Emergency contacts. Have it on your fridge or in an easily accessible area in case of an emergency.
- Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
- Teach young kids how to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.
- Make sure your children know their address.
- Teach kids not to hide during a fire and that they should not be afraid of the firefighters.
If you have any questions or would like more tips on Home Escape Plans and you are an Annapolis resident, please feel free to reach out to us at 410-263-7975
. If you are not a resident of Annapolis, please reach out to your local Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management to find out how you and your family can be and stay safe.
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