Get Out, Stay Out, Call for Help

A display of antique fire trucks and equipment served as a fire safety reminder in Mount Dora last weekend. You may remember from your days in elementary school that October is fire safety month so the trucks lured children and their parents to the information tables where volunteers distributed pamphlets and materials to encourage families to take time to make their own fire safety plans.

I know it’s been a few years since you’ve drawn posters illustrating “Stop, Drop, and Roll” or “Make an Escape Plan” so I thought I’d remind you that now that you’re the adult, you need to take steps to insure you’re prepared in the case of fire.

It’s easy to think this is unnecessary. After all, you’ll never have a fire…but you know, that’s not something you can predict. My family didn’t think we’d ever watch helplessly as firefighters attempted to put out the fire in the apartment building we lived. A friend’s home was badly damaged when she was distracted and walked away from the french fries on the stove. In fact, I’ve known at least a half dozen families who’ve been affected by home fires, so it does happen.

Take some time this week to purchase batteries for your smoke detector so that when you set your clock back this weekend, you can also change the batteries in your smoke detector. Then make a plan. It doesn’t need to be elaborate…make an escape plan from every room and determine a meeting place to insure everyone is out of the house.

Make sure you follow the advice of the American Red Cross. In case of fire,