As many of you know three Hilliard residents lost their lives in a tragic home fire over the holiday weekend. Red Cross volunteers met with the remaining family members, making sure they had a safe place to stay, the essentials to begin their recovery and a shoulder to lean on. Over the next week Red Crossers will continue to work with this family to help guide them along.
In the wake of this tragedy, we want to take a moment to encourage you to read the fire safety tips below and share these with family and friends.
Make your home fire safe
- Smoke detectors save lives. Install a battery-powered smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home.
- Use the test button to check each smoke detector once a month. Replace batteries at least once a year.
- Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Get training from the fire department in how to use it.
Plan your escape routes
- Determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.
- If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
- Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
- Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
- Once you are out, stay out!
- If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.
- If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second way out.
- If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them where you are.
We encourage you to share these tips and practice your fire escape plan with your family.