Every family in Fort Mill, SC should have an emergency fire escape plan.
In less than 30 seconds dinner on the stove can turn into a major fire. It takes only minutes for your home to be engulfed in flames. According to the American Red Cross, you may have as little as two minutes to escape.
Your smoke alarm could save your life. Is it plugged in and working, or is it in the junk drawer because it yelled at you when you burned some chicken 3 months ago?
Are you and your family ready? Many in South Carolina are unprepared when disaster strikes in their home. Failing to plan in the event of a fire could cost you everything.
Learn what you can do to keep the people you love safe!
How to prevent a fire
Install a fire alarm or smoke detector
Remove knobs from stoves and place out of the reach of pets and children
Don’t leave pets or children alone while cooking in the kitchen
Learn about electrical fires
Turn off & unplug appliances when away
Communicate the importance of not playing with fire to your children
Fire Safety Tips
Create a fire escape plan and talk about it with your family
Practice the plan once or twice a year
Make sure children know the plan & have the tools to understand
Use the old sayings: “GET OUT, STAY OUT” “STOP, DROP, & ROLL”
Have a plan for your pets!
Help firefighters find your pet by affixing a pet alert window cling or sticker to your windows
Always keep collars on them so they can be handled
Make sure your Smoke alarm is charged and working.
It’s recommended you have a fire alarm on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and in hallways near sleeping areas
Test smoke alarms regularly to make sure they’re working
Store a fire extinguisher on each level of your home
Test fire extinguishers regularly to make sure they’re working
Remove clutter from your home to make sure all hallways and doorways are accessible
Repair frayed cords
Don’t overload outlets or extension cords
REMEMBER! Extension cords are a temporary option. They are not outlets!
Unplug when you’re away
Consider getting escape ladders for second or third floor bedrooms.
Prevention is the most important thing you can do to protect your family in the case of a fire. If one breaks out, stay calm, get out, stay out, and call for help.
Only 25% of homes in the United States have a fire escape plan that they practice with their family. Kids under the age of 5 have a much higher risk of dying in ...Read More