Your Life Safety Exit Plan

By Crystal Newton on Oct 13th, 2015 12:20 PM

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Advance planning will prove critical in the event of a home emergency. The actions you take today could save your life, the lives of your loved ones and perhaps, even your possessions. A residential fire occurs every 87 seconds in the United States. It is estimated that 2,755 Americans died as a result of home fires in 2013. In total, 369,500 home structure fires occurred in the United States in that year alone. It is estimated that 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. Do not let your family become another statistic. With a little bit of preventative action you can avoid a potentially deadly fire in your home.

Make a Plan

It only takes one minute for fire to spread through a home and therefore, you and your family will have little time to escape. A life safety exit plan allows for you and your family to know what to do in the event of an emergency and prepares you to take certain steps to ensure a quick exit.  Take a walk through your home to plan the best exits and escape routes. If you have children, draw up a floor plan of the home and designate multiple exit avenues for each room, including the doors and windows. Take the time to mark the location of each monitored smoke detector as well. You can also download the NFPA's helpful escape planning grid to ameliorate the planning process. It will prove especially helpful in engaging your youngsters in a calm, non-threatening manner.

Take Action Today for Increased Safety and Peace of Mind

Clear out all of your home's designated escape routes for clear travel paths. The doors and windows in your home should remain unblocked at all times. Teach your children to keep these areas clear of toys, furniture and other sundries so everyone in the house can make a quick exit in the event of a fire.

If you live in an especially tall apartment building or condominium complex, your best course of action in the event of a fire might be to stay put and wait for the firemen to arrive. Be aware that manufactured homes must adhere to HUD safety standards. This law has been in place since 1976.

Bates Security's Monitored Fire Protection

You can never have enough safeguards in place to protect your home from fire. While smoke detectors and a sound exit plan are critical to preserving your family's safety, an extra line of defense will add extra protection. Enhance your safety by upgrading to a monitored smoke detector today. Bates Securityprovides them at a low cost in an effort to add another layer of security to your home. Our state-of-the-art smoke detectors are monitored around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of whether you are at home or away at work. These high-tech fire detection devices provide you and your family with the peace of mind that you need and deserve.

Lean on our central monitoring station to identify the signs of a fire and promptly notify the proper emergency personnel that your home is at risk. In turn, they will send firefighters to your home right away to put out the fire and help your family make a safe exit. The system is also designed with a control panel that contacts our security service where trained professionals will verify the alarm's legitimacy. This is the type of fire protection your family has long deserved. Do not delay the installation of our monitored smoke detectors for another day. Make today the day that you prioritize the safety of loved ones.

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