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How to Conduct a Fire Drill in Your Home

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Yesterday, I published some tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to make your home safer. One of the recommendations was that, for families with children, you should conduct a fire drill at night at least twice a year to determine how responsive your children are to the alarms and how capable they are of following an escape plan.

When your children have gone to sleep, manually sound a smoke alarm outside their bedrooms. If they do not wake up from the alarm, wake them and continue the drill. If your children don’t respond to the alarm, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests designating an easily awakened adult to rouse sleeping children by pounding on a wall or door, yelling “fire,” or blowing a whistle. It would also be an excellent idea to install an interconnected alarm inside the children’s rooms.

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