It’s a fire. There’s someone in the house. Your kids have to know how to move quickly and quietly out of the house in an emergency situation. Do they know what to do because your family has a well-thought-out family escape plan?
Too often, families put aside the escape plan discussion for another day. Wrong move. It’s important to dedicate time to making a family escape plan that works for everyone and that is easily understood. Allow for options too so that if a fire starts in one area of the house that makes the escape plan hard to do, then what do they do?
Then, once you have a plan in place, practice it a few times. Time how quickly everyone can get out of the house. Make sure they all understand that they can’t start gathering valuables – they have to only gather themselves.
Where should everybody meet? Downstairs by the front door? Unlikely. So where should they all meet outside in order for everyone to be counted? These seem like simple, obvious things now but in a panicked situation, you’d be amazed how often chaos leads to confusion and confusion can lead to tragedy.
Once your family is totally in sync with the escape plan and what to do in the event of an emergency, you are prepared as possible but don’t let too much time pass before you practice again and adjust your plan if necessary.
Make a discussion on a family escape plan part of the conversation with your partners in safety at SOS Technologies. Invite us in for first aid training at your company and one of our safety consultants will be glad to chat about the possibilities in planning you can put in motion today. Call us at 888.705.6100. It’s A Matter Of Life And Life.