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Year's Resolution: Practice Fire Escape Plans at Home
the Social Diary Safety Educator Columnist Monica Zech
Column #2, January 5th, 2006
From Safety Educator Monica Zech and Safe Kids WorldWide
my work, I see most fires, along with deaths and injuries are
preventable. Please take a moment to look over the following safety
advice and discuss this with your family and/or post at the workplace.
If you'd like a fire safety lecture contact me at (619) 441-1615.
- Monica Zech
every year, nearly 40,000 children ages 14 and under are injured
in residential fires, and more than 500 die . Approximately four
out of five fire-related deaths and injuries occur in the home,
yet only one family out of four has developed and practiced a
fire escape plan. Safe Kids Worldwide urges parents
and caregivers to make a household New Year's resolution
to hold fire drills at home until everyone knows how
to get out safely in an emergency.
is especially dangerous to young children - ages 5 and under.
They don't recognize the danger and don't know how to react Every
year, dozens of children die while trying to escape from fires.
Please lock away matches and lighters.
Plan and practice several different escape routes from each room,
and identify a safe place to meet outside. Teach children never
to go back into a burning building, and to call the fire department
from a neighbor's home or a cell phone outside the home.
Most fire-related fatalities are caused by smoke inhalation. A
working smoke alarm cuts your chances of dying in a fire by about
50 percent. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home
and outside every sleeping area - and test them every month and
change the batteries twice a year (Smoke alarms are also available
with 10-year lithium batteries.)
sure everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm goes off!
Never assume it's not a real fire.
Yell "fire" and get out immediately, not stopping to
collect any belongings.
Not open a closed door until they have made sure it is not hot
to the touch and there is no smoke coming from behind it.
Meet at a planned location outside.
"Stop, drop and roll" if their clothing catches on fire.
2003, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 402,000
residential fires, or one every 79 seconds. Home fires
are most often caused by cooking equipment; however, more children
die in fires caused by tobacco products or by children playing
with matches or lighters.
information on fire safety please visit our website at El
Cajon Fire.com .
Monica Zech is the Public Information
Officer and Safety Educator for the City of El Cajon and for El
Cajon Police and Fire Departments. For safety tips please
visit El Cajon
Fire.com In community work, Zech is the Vice
President on the board for the Trauma Research Education Foundation-TREF
and a board member with Communities Against Substance Abuse-CASA.
In March, Monica received the County's 2005 Individual Health
Champion Award for her safety lectures in the community and throughout
the county. Zech's
to New this Week.....Monica
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