Make A Plan
The last thing the Mentor Fire Department wants to do is respond to a fire at your home – but when an emergency occurs, they are ready to help 24/7.
The Fire Department educates Mentor residents on the importance of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. Every year they teach residents of every age safety precautions that may save their lives in an emergency. Fire Prevention week is October 8th – 14th and this year’s theme is “Every second counts. Plan 2 ways out.”
Seconds count when a house is on fire and knowing how to exit is important. Be sure to plan before an emergency occurs. Here’s a list of fire safety tips to help keep your family make an escape plan:
- As a family, draw a map of your home, marking two exits from each room.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year – one at night and one during the day.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the address of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – to help slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Knowing what to do when your smoke alarm goes off may mean the difference between life and death.