A fireman wearing a fire escape mask walks in smoke during a rescue(Photo: Getty Images)
DENVER - In light
of the recent increase in house fires in the Denver metro area, the Denver Fire Department wanted to remind residents to ensure their safety by checking their smoke detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from house fires with no smoke alarms.
But another crucial element, they mentioned, was to create and practice a home fire escape plan. Often times, families do not establish a plan or meeting place in the event of a house fire.
“Establish an escape plan that includes multiple ways to safely evacuate your home,” Lieutenant Debra Thorson, fire life safety educator for the Denver Fire Department, said. “Keep in mind a fire could break out anywhere in the home blocking primary entry and exit points.”
In the event that you cannot self-evacuate, fire officials recommend that you close the door of the room you are in and to place an article of clothing, a blanket or towel under the door to hold the smoke at bay. At that point, you should move to a window and try to get the attention of firefighters.
The primary cause of death in a house fire is smoke inhalation.
Learn how to make a home fire escape plan here: www.denvergov.org/fire.
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