Remember: Get low, get out, get help!
Today on WHP, our host and Emergency Management Coordinator of Tioga County Emergency Services, Benton Best shares with viewers tips on safely escaping a house fire on Emergency 101. Best summarizes the information with these three points:
1. Get low. Breathable oxygen will be found closest to the ground.
2. Get out. When exiting through a door or window, feel first for heat on the opposite side. If you cannot get through a door, cover the bottom to buy time. However, if you cannot do this quickly, focus on simply escaping the house.
3. Get help. Immediately following your exit of the building, go to a pre-set rally point so you can take a head count of family members. Go to a neighbor’s to call 911.
Best also stresses the importance of making a plan ahead of time. “A lot of times during an emergency, we panic. But it’s important to have a plan, and to remember that the most efficient way out is the best way out…seconds count.” This was readily illustrated in a handful of demonstration videos, showing how quickly a room can be engulfed in flames – in some cases, in under a minute.
For more information on how to make an emergency plan, as well as fire prevention, visit AmericanRedCross.org.