This is National Fire Prevention Week (October 5 – 11, 2014) and so I wanted to help bring attention to fire safety and prevention. I was a firefighter many years ago, and I saw first-hand how quickly fire can spread throughout a house—and how devastating the consequences can be.
Please take some time to check for potential fire hazards (careless use of candles, poor maintenance of electrical devices such as frayed power cords, overloaded electrical outlets), fireproof your home, and create an escape plan with your family. (You can download an easy-to-use escape plan worksheet from the Red Cross here.)
Fire Safety Checklist:
- Install and maintain a working smoke alarm outside of every sleep area and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
- Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
- Teach everyone the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique in case clothing catches on fire.
And in the spirit of keeping this blog writing-related, here’s an article I wrote in 1996 that ran in Houston’s (sadly defunct) Public News about female firefighters.