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E.D.I.T.H.

 

by

John Beatty

Fire and Life Safety Educator III

Maine Fire Training and Education

 

 

Who is this EDITH that can save your life? This EDITH is not a person, but a plan you make to escape from fire in your home. This EDITH stands for

Exit

Drills

In

The

Home

Fire Kills

Fires in the home are the cause of many deaths. In fact, 70% of all fatalities by fire occur in private residences. And, most of these could have been prevented if the families had a fire escape plan and if they had practiced the plan regularly. A good time to practice is during Fire Prevention Week in October.

 

Design A Plan

If you haven’t already designed a step-by-step plan for your emergency fire escape, sit down with your family today and make one. Plan for a least two-escape routes, in the event that fire blocks one of these routes. If the escape route is from the second floor, be sure there’s a safe way to the ground. If fire strikes, get out as quickly as possible. If it’s smokey stay low and crawl fast. Make sure that no one goes back into the house for anything.

 Pick a Place to Meet

One of the most important parts of your plan is to designate a place outdoors where the family is to meet for a head count. That way you can make sure everyone has exited the building safely.

 Practice Your Plan

After checking the plan on paper, actually go over the entire escape route with your family. This will ensure that everyone knows what he or she should do in case of an emergency.

 Test Smoke Detectors

For the plan to be effective, your home has to have a working smoke detector. They should be positioned in your bedroom, outside your bedrooms as well as in your kitchen and in your basement. Test your smoke detector monthly and replace the battery at least twice a year. Make certain the fire department telephone number is attached to your phone so that found and dialed quickly in case of an emergency. 

Check the Door 

If you do suspect fire, test the door! If it’s hot, use the alternate escape route. If it’s cool open it a crack to check for smoke and heat. If smoke and heat come in use the alternate route out. Always keep doors closed between you the smoke and fire.

 Tell the Kids

Tell little kids never to hide if there’s a fire… not in closets under beds or under their blankets. Tell them to wait by a window and signal with a bed sheet or flash light. Sit down with your family and make your escape plans and practice them! Exit drills in the home may save your life, or the life of someone you love!

 

E.D.I.T.H. can save your life! Make your escape plans and practice them today!