September is National Preparedness Month. This year, is reminding everyone to “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Take this opportunity to teach your loved ones and neighbors some facts about fire that will save your life. FIRE is fast, there is little time to escape. It only takes minutes for think black smoke to fill your home. FIRE is dark. Fire isn’t bright, its’ pitch black. Fire starts of bright, but can quickly produce black smoke and complete darkness. FIRE is deadly. Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. FIRE is hot. Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperature can rise to over 1,000 F at eye level. Click this link to view the YouTube video.

Once they know the fire risks, they will know the importance of having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan. Install smoke alarms on inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of their home. Create a home fire escape plan. Find two ways out of every room in your home and two ways out of your home. Practice your plan at least 2 times a year.