FYI's Health Tip: Create an Escape Plan at Home -- Diana Kohnle

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(HealthDay News) -- It's important to create and practice a fire escape plan at home, and to teach it to every member of the family.

The U.S. Fire Administration offers these guidelines:

  • Draw a diagram of your home, marking all doors and windows. Devise two escape routes from each room.
  • Make sure all exits are clear of clutter.
  • Keep your child's bedroom door closed to help keep smoke from overtaking the room.
  • Talk to young children about firefighters, encouraging the children not to be afraid and explaining that firefighters will offer help in an emergency.
  • Teach children how to crawl low on the floor if there is smoke. Kids should also learn to feel closed doors for heat before opening them.
  • Designate a safe meeting place outside the home, and make sure children understand that they are never to go back inside.
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