Last Saturday was the second annual “Home Fire Drill Day” – part of insurer Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen Program. Since you probably missed it, we’ll fill you in on what was learned.
According to Nationwide:
- Nine out of 10 (92%) structure fires occur in the home
- Fire departments across the country respond to a home fire every 86 seconds
- Each day, an average of seven people die in a home fire, most of whom are children and elderly
- Just over half of parents (55%) say their children know what to do in the event of a home fire
- Less than half of parents (47%) have created a fire escape plan with their child/children3
As part of Make Safe Happen, Nationwide is partnering with the American Red Cross to bring working smoke alarms to families across the country. In 2017 alone, this partnership has installed more than 303,000 alarms, and more than 964,000 as of July 31, 2017.
So, here are some Home Fire Drill Day tips from Make Safe Happen:
- Pick a family safety spot outside that’s near your home and a safe distance away
- Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know what the beep sounds like
- For children under 6, assign an adult to help them
- Use a timer to ensure everyone can get out to the safety spot in two minutes or less
- Prepare for the practice by drawing out a plan based on the exits around the home
Find out more at www.makesafehappen.com.