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Fire safety tips for the family

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It's important for each member of the family to know their nearest available fire escape. (Source: USFA) It's important for each member of the family to know their nearest available fire escape. (Source: USFA)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The importance of having a fire safety plan in the home was made evident Thursday with the tragic loss of two children in an apartment fire in Decatur.

A fire can spread in minutes, filling a house with deadly smoke. Some of the best information on safety and survival tips comes from the US Fire Administration. They said it is important for families to both plan and practice a fire escape route.

They suggest you draw a map showing escape routes through doors and windows, stressing that it is important to have two ways out in case of a fire. A printable flyer (PDF) with more escape plan tips is available from the National Safety Council.

If smoke fills the house, you should "get low and go." Crawl as quickly as you can to your closest exit, and remember to always close the doors behind you.

Gather with family members outside at a pre-planned meeting place. Once you get outside, stay out. Do not go back in a burning building for pets, jewelry or any other reason.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends your street number is clearly visible from the road for the benefit of emergency responders. They also recommend everyone in the family memorize the emergency number for the local fire department.

Children need to know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm and how to react if there is a visible fire in the home. More tips for children are available from SafeKids.org.

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