Residents ••• Prepare an fire escape plan and practice it

Photo courtesy of Missouri City
As part of their life-saving prevention programs, Missouri City’s Fire & Rescue Services held its first open house on Saturday, Oct. 6, and featured firefighter skills drills for children, and a simulated smoke house,

Continuing its goal to save lives with safety-first programs, Missouri City’s Fire & Rescue Services is “proud to partner with the National Fire Protection Association to remind residents that fires are unpredictable and move faster than most people realize,” said Fire Chief Russell Sander. “Creating and practicing a plan that includes two escape routes is essential to ensuring your family’s survival should a blaze break out in your home.”

Nationwide, fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires in 2010; the blazes caused 2,640 deaths, 13,350 injuries and $6.9 billion in damage. In 2011, “Show Me City” firefighters responded to 78 fires involving buildings; and in that same year, there were two fire-related injuries and more than $2 million in fire-related damages.

To help save citizens’ lives and protect area property, Missouri City’s Fire & Rescue Services provides a free “Home Fire Safety Survey” for residents. The program identifies potential risks that may exist in homes and offers citizens lifesaving solutions. There is no enforcement component of the program. To schedule a survey, residents can call 281-403-4300.

“We are committed to keeping our city safe,” Sander said, recommending residents follow these to secure their homes:

• Make a map of your home; mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.

• Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home; draw a picture of the place on your escape plan.

• Write the emergency telephone number—911—for the Fire & Rescue Services on your escape plan.

• Ensure a smoke alarm is installed on each level of your home and inside each bedroom. Check your smoke alarms and test them monthly; replace detectors that are older than 10 years and replace any alarm that has been painted over. Change the batteries when you change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time (Sunday, Nov. 4).

• Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

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