Get a Fire Escape Ladder
We have all heard the fire safety reminders before. These messages in media and school can saturate our brains so much that we tune them out. Fire safety is important and being proactive is essential to protect life and property. Emergency response varies from place to place. That is one reason to be as prepared as possible, as any fireman will tell you. "Fire escape ladders should be in every occupied room with a window, on each floor above the main level. Someone in the U.S. dies in a home fire every three hours, according to the The National Fire Protection Association, which recommends one ladder in every occupied room on floors above the main level. If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire."
There are many resources for fire safety information. You may wish to find out more from The National Fire Protection Association. NFPA has worked to promote fire safety since 1896.
The Fireman's Prayer
When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;
Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life;
Please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.
Food for thought...
1. What can you do to be more prepared for a fire?
2. What will you do in the next five minutes to get more prepared?
3. Is there someone that could use your help to get more prepared?
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