Tragedies should serve as a safety reminder

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 31, 2007

With the recent coverage of the fire that claimed the lives of several college students, we should all take a minute to make sure we&8217;e doing what we can to keep our homes safe.

First of all, check your fire alarms. The batteries must be changed at least twice a year to make sure that they will work properly in the event of a fire.

Second, it is good to have a fire extinguisher on hand. This will allow you to put out any small fires in your home so they won’t grow into larger fires that will destroy your home. If you have a fire extinguisher, it needs to be checked regularly to make sure it still works properly.

You also need to plan an escape route. Each member of the family should know how to get safely outside by at least two routes. Family members should practice opening their windows to become familiar with their operation. Jammed windows should be identified and repaired.

When you’re leaving the house during a fire, each member of the family should understand the importance of crawling low under smoke. Smoke and heat rise, so the best place to find fresher, cooler air is near the floor.

No one wants to see another fire fatality. That’s why we must always be prepared for a fire.