(Tiffin, Ohio) When compared to 2015 and 2016, the Tiffin Fire and rescue Division has experienced a 550% increase in the number of injuries sustained by citizens who have had a fire within their home during the past 12 months. The vast majority of these injuries were sustained by individuals trying to combat the fire themselves. With fires doubling in size every 30-45 seconds you simply do not have the time to waste. As a result, the members of the TFRD would like to take this opportunity to provide everyone with the following safety tips.
GET OUT and STAY OUT
Do not go back inside for anything
Why Not? If you open a door or window to go back inside, you let in oxygen-rich air. Often, this is all the fire needs to engulf a room. It could:
- Injure or kill the person you tried to rescue.
- force the fire into the one open space—the door or window you just opened, injuring or killing you.
- Cause unnecessary damage to your home.
HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN
Preparing and practicing a plan of action will help you act quickly if there’s a fire in your home – it could even save your life. When you make an escape plan, involve everyone who lives in your home, including children, older or disabled people.
Here are some tips to help plan your escape from fire:
- The best escape route is the normal way in and out of your home
- Think of any difficulties you may have getting out, example- at night you may need to have a flashlight to light your way
- Choose a second escape route, in case the first one is blocked
- Keep all exits clear of obstructions, like bicycles, toys, or furniture
- If there are children, older or disabled people or pets, plan how you will get them out
- Never go back in for your possessions. Your life is more important than material things.
- Have working smoking detectors in each bedroom and at least one on every floor of your home in a common area. Smoke detectors provide early detection of a fire giving you and your loved ones the needed time to escape from harm.
Stay outside at your meeting place, where you can do the most good by communicating with the firefighters. It takes just a few seconds to tell them:
- If everyone is outside and at your meeting place.
- Anything you know about how the fire started and its location.
- About any pets that may still be inside.
- Call 911 as quickly as possible. Early notification is paramount in minimizing the damage caused by the fire.
- Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself.
- Even if you think the fire is out, still call 911. Firefighters can verify the fire is out providing you and your family peace of mind.
- Do not worry about being billed for the response. There is no fee for having the fire department come to your house for a fire or potential fire.
Get Out, Stay Out, Call 911
Kevin S. Veletean