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Fire Safety Starts by Having a Plan

Home Safety Council® and Werner Ladder
Urge Families to Prepare for Home Fires

Fire safety begins with everyone in your house being prepared and knowing what to do in the case of a fire. But, while there are more than 70 million two- and three-story homes in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau), Home Safety Council (HSC) research shows that only six percent of U.S. homes have a fire escape ladder. Developing a fire escape plan together and making sure second- and third- story exits have fire escape ladders are first steps every family should take to prepare for a fire at home.

During Fire Safety Month in October, HSC and Werner Ladder are partnering to teach families about the importance of fire safety and they recommend that everyone plans for this type of emergency. You can start practicing fire safety by developing a fire escape plan with your family. Draw a floor plan of your home and find two ways out of every room — the door and maybe the window — and sketch them clearly on the floor plan.

When an upstairs window is one of the escape options, make sure that room has a fire escape ladder that is long enough to reach the ground. Families may consider an innovative built-in ladder as an option. Then, make sure every adult member of the family knows how to use the ladder. Adults should take responsibility for assisting younger children. Decide in advance which adult family members will assist children from their rooms.

Follow the Home Safety Council and Werner Ladder’s fire safety tips below to learn more about practicing fire safety with your family and the importance of fire escape ladders.

Develop a Fire Escape Plan

Fire Prevention Tips

Step-by-Step Fire Drill

Install and Test Smoke Alarms

How and When to use a Fire Extinguisher

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Learn more at www.wernerfireescapeladder.com.

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Werner Ladder is a proud supporter of Home Safety Council family fire safety education.

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