Family Safety Tips by FEMA

The Two-Minute Rule

Imagine being sound asleep in the middle of the night when suddenly your smoke alarms start blaring. Your house is filling with smoke. Do you know what to do? According to the American Red Cross (ARC), fire experts agree that people have about two minutes to escape a burning home.

With this in mind, ARC created the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to reduce the number of fire related deaths and injuries by up to 25 percent over the next five years. You can be a part of this movement by having a fire escape plan that includes the following:

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says people are at greater risk for home fires during the winter months. Now that the season is here, use ARC’sprintable worksheet and begin planning; then check out this video from the USFA to learn how to conduct a fire drill with your family today!


Blacked Out

Snowy weather may be visually appealing, but a severe winter storm can knock out power to your home.  Because the length of an outage can vary from a few hours to several days, you should plan to get by without utilities for at least three days. With winter in full swing, preparation is necessary to stay safe! Here are some tips to prepare your family for a black out:

During a black out, it is important to remember to: 

Being prepared is imperative and could make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major emergency. To learn more about how to manage a power outage this winter, visit America’s PrepareAthon!