Column as submitted by Robert Yaiser, Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention:
The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents that last year over 2500 Americans lost their lives to the devastation of fire. In most cases, the home did not have a working smoke detector. A sounding alarm gives you the extra seconds you need to get out of your home safely.
Children in Preschool and up are capable of following a simple fire drill. Yet many families do not have a detailed escape plan from their home, and those that do usually do not practice them.
We encourage families to draw a basic diagram of their homes, making all the windows and doors, and plan two ways of escape from each room.
Consider various scenarios when creating your plan and drill. When planning, include babies and elderly or handicapped members who may not be able to escape on their own.
Should you need assistance in developing a family escape plan feel free to call the bureau for assistance 732-240-5153
This year’s Fire Prevention Theme: “Have Two Ways Out” Fire Prevention Week October 7-13 2012.
Pass it on!