Establishing a fire escape plan
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A fire that destroyed four units and damaged four others at a South Huntsville apartment complex is a reminder that establishing a fire escape plan may be a life-saving precaution.
Huntsville Fire officials said no one was injured in the large fire that engulfed several units at the Brittany Point apartments on Willowbrook Drive Monday afternoon.
But fire officials are quick to advise an escape plan for residents in case a similar fire suddenly erupts.
Renters insurance can only do so much to cover the loss of belongings but residents could also safeguard their lives by considering an escape plan.
The National Fire Protection Association said much of this depends on advance warning from smoke alarm systems and advance planning.
• Look at your home's floor plan with your family or roommates and consider all possible ways of getting out.
• Install a fire alarm and make sure to check the batteries regularly.
• Choose a meeting place outdoors so you can get in contact with family members right away.
• If you make a plan, practice it. The NFPA suggests holding a drill twice a year.
• Oftentimes there is only one way to escape an apartment unit, and in some cases, out your window.
• Residents living in higher buildings could consider buying an escape ladder that is designed to help them get down the window safely.
A number of different brands range from $50 to $130, depending on the brand of the ladder.
The Kidde Emergency 3-Story Escape Ladder available online from Walmart costs about $58.
Once you're safely outside your home, fire officials always urge you to stay out and never go back inside to save belongings. Firefighters are trained to conduct rescues and extinguish fires with the right equipment.
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