The Town of Ledgeview Fire Department is working with area schools and organizations to educate your children what to do in the case of a fire. Have you conducted a home fire drill? Do you have an escape plan?
Fires can start anywhere in the home and at anytime, so run through the plan at different times of the day or night and practice different ways out.
Step 1: Know where to go: Review your safe meeting place. Explain to your kids that when the smoke alarm beeps, they need to get out of the house quickly and meet at that safety spot.
Step 2: Check your smoke alarms: Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know the sound.
Step 3: Do the drill: Have kids head to their bedrooms and wait for the drill to begin. Assign adults to help young children. Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill. Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer and have everyone book it to the safety spot. Once everyone gets to the safe meeting place stop the timer. If you all made it in under two minutes, you each get an imaginary gold medal. If not, give it another try. In a real fire, get to the safe meeting place, then call 9-1-1 and keep everyone close until firefighters arrive.