LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– During peak fire months (December and January), fire officials are urging residents to create an emergency action plan.
Fire escape plans are something we hear firefighters stress over and over again, but not something we pay much attention to until tragedy strikes.
Firefighters say having a plan can make all the difference in a life or death situation.
Some items on the plan might include: leaving your home once you smell smoke or hear the fire alarm, staying low to avoid toxic chemicals, and not stopping for any belongings.
Experts say it’s important to have at least two routes of escape from every room of your home.
They say you should also have a designated meeting place to ensure everyone has gotten out safely.
The Red Cross stresses that creating and practicing a fire escape plan can save valuable time during a fire and create muscle memory so you and your kids will act without hesitation during a fire.
Another important part of being prepared for a fire is ensuring your smoke detectors have fresh batteries.
If you’re in need of smoke detectors, contact the Lexington Fire Department and if they have some in stock, they’ll be happy to give the to you—all this in an effort to keep you safe.
More information on fire escape plans can be found here.