Fire Chief Tim Butler

Fire Chief Tim Butler
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Day 5 - Campus Fire Safety Month

Here's a simple tip that could save your life:  check for two ways out every time you enter a room.  Oftentimes in a fire, one egress path will be blocked due to smoke, heat, clutter, or other people crowding the exit in an attempt to escape.  Having already "pre-planned" how you will escape using a secondary egress route could save your life and the lives of others.

People normally exit a room using the same doorway they came in through to enter the room, and that door is usually the first escape route they attempt in the event of a fire.  If they find the way out blocked or inescapable, they may not be able to formulate "Plan B" quickly enough to safely escape....unless they identified "Two Ways Out" before the fire.  By quickly scanning a room when you first enter it, you can formulate an alternate egress route using another door, a window, or a balcony.  A few brief seconds of checking can save your life in the event of a fire.

This tip works anywhere:  at a college dormitory, a party, a friend's house, a store, the theater, or even an airplane.

TWO WAYS OUT....pre-plan your primary and secondary egress routes every time you enter a room!

Take care and stay safe.


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