If you or your children took a fire safety quiz, what would the score be? Do your kids know how to get out of a burning house, even if you’re not there? Do you? Do your fire extinguishers work and do you even have any? How about a safe spot for you and your family to meet outside in the event of a house fire?
We’ve all been taught to stop, drop & roll when there’s a fire. But there’s so much more for you and your family to know.
NEW STUDY shows ALARMING lack of practice in family Fire safety plans
Liberty Mutual Insurance and the International Association of Fire Fighters Call for Firing Up Family Escape Plans during National Fire Safety Month
Fire departments in the U.S. respond to calls every 23 seconds to the hundreds of thousands of home fires reported each year that take the lives of thousands. Yet, less than half (46 percent) of U.S. parents report that they have ever practiced a home fire drill with their family, according to a new survey published today by Liberty Mutual Insurance and IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters). And even though a little more than half of parents say they have developed a fire escape plan in the last year, one in four have not practiced it with their families.
It can take only 30 seconds for a flame to become a major fire and two minutes from the time a smoke alarm sounds until your primary escape route is impassable. Because of this urgent need for preparedness, and to recognize National Fire Safety Month this October and Liberty Mutual’s National Family Fire Drill Day (October 6), Liberty Mutual Insurance and IAFF are calling for all families to prepare AND practice a home fire safety plan.
The combination of preparing and practicing matters as the survey found that 84 percent of children who have practiced their escape plan are confident that they can get out of any room in their house during a fire emergency and 90 percent know how to get to the family meeting spot outside the home. The significance of planning and practicing is amplified by the fact that only 46 percent of children who have never practiced a home fire escape know where to go for their family’s safe meeting spot.
“… 84 percent of children who have practiced their escape plan are confident that they can get out of any room in their house during a fire emergency…”
Safety In Numbers? Not Necessarily.
The Liberty Mutual/IAFF survey reveals a wide gap in between perception and reality when it comes to children’s fire safety preparedness:
- While 81 percent of parents believe that their child knows what to do if there is a fire in the house, only 40 percent of children surveyed say that they have practiced a home fire drill, revealing a wide gap between perception and reality.
- Similarly, 79 percent of parents report their family has a safe meeting spot to meet outside their home, yet nearly one-third of children (32 percent) cannot confirm they know of one.
- Equally concerning is that while 54 percent of parents have developed a fire safety plan in the past year, only a third (36 percent) have actually walked through their home with their family to identify fire hazards.
To incentivize parents and children to work together to create a family fire escape plan this month, Liberty Mutual Insurance will reward one family with a vacation trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort for their planning efforts. Entrants can upload a photo of their family practicing their fire escape plan or another home fire safety activity at the BeFireSmart Facebook Page for a chance to win. For more information on how to create a family fire escape plan and a downloadable Fire Escape Checklist, visit befiresmart.com. While in Florida, families can also visit Liberty Mutual’s “Where’s the Fire?TM” exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, the largest interactive fire safety and education display in the U.S.
Take a look at this video for more information: http://kef-media.com/imt/firesafety/firesafety_examiner.html
About the Study
Liberty Mutual Insurance commissioned Ketchum Global Research and Analytics to conduct a survey to gauge parents’ and children’s fire safety knowledge and behavior. The phone survey, fielded by Braun Research, was conducted from August 29 – September 9, 2012. The survey reached 1,015 parents and 657 children age 7-13 nationwide. The margin of error for the parent survey is +/-3.1%. The margin of error for the children’s survey is +/-3.8%.
About International Association of Fire Fighters
The International Association of Fire Fighters, the largest union of fire fighters in the world, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the population in North America.