Prepare your family for an emergency

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Is your family prepared for an emergency? Teaching our kids about fire safety in and around the home can help save their lives in an emergency. Michael McLeieer from E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc. and Jake the Fire Safety Dog have key tips every parent should teach their children.

1. Stand by the pan when cooking, broiling, or frying.

  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Sixty-seven percent of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.

2. A bad wire can cause a fire

  • Electrical failure or malfunction is another leading cause of home fires. Nearly half of all home electrical fires involve equipment such as fans, washers, dryers, space heaters, and air conditioners.

3. Check your smoke alarms

  • Test smoke alarms monthly, replace the batteries annually, and replace the alarm after ten years. More than 50% of fire deaths in West Michigan occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.

4. Practice your fire escape plan

  • While families may have a home fire escape plan, 85% say they don’t practice it with their family. It’s important that children and adults practice, practice, practice so they are prepared.

5. If there is a fire, stay near the floor and go out the door

  • Get low and go. Don’t take toys, pets, or clothes outside. Get out and stay out!
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