Make sure you have a fire safety plan for your home

As we near the end of fire prevention week it is a good time to stop and reflect on our living space, and how we are prepared to deal with any emergency there.

“Pre-planning is critical and it’s what everyone will draw upon to jump into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire,” State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer said.

He said a home escape plan also includes having working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.

The importance of smoke detectors cannot be emphasized enough.

Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush said in a story this week one of the most important things people can do in their homes is to have reliable, properly placed smoke detectors installed. At the same time, Forbush said families should, in their fire escape pre-plan, have plans made that include two ways out of the building from each room.

Sehlmeyer agreed.

“Having a home fire escape plan provides the skill set and know-how to quickly and safely escape a home fire situation and can literally make the difference between life and death in so many instances,” Sehlmeyer said.

Take a moment today and evaluate your own preparedness.

Now is the time to address any deficiencies in your plan, rather than in an emergency later.