Do You Have An Evacuation Plan?

I am sure that everyone has heard the expression “get down low and go, go, go” when you faced with being stuck in a building that is on fire and that is filling up with smoke. Also, I expect you know the “drop and roll” method of getting a fire out that might be on your clothes or worse still, on your skin. Of course, I knew both of these, but this morning I was taught something that in all the years of having fire-fighters come to my schools to do presentations I had never heard before, and I had to pass it on.

This morning I attended the premiere of a new reality television show. The show is called Firies and as the title suggests it is a show fly-on-the-wall insight into the life of fire-fighters. It will be aired on Network Ten on Saturday nights at 6pm for the next eight weeks.

This was an invitation only event (I love those) and I took my first born with me so that he could get a tour of the historic and iconic Glebe Fire Station. I was joined by some other local bloggers who also brought their kids along to watch the presentation and get a sneak peek at the first episode before it screens this week.

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Before we watched the first episode there was a few presentations given and some fun demonstrations of how to survive a fire that the kids participated in (and one of the mums whose child was a little stubborn). “Go on, save yourself” I shouted to her as she crawled under the blanket that was simulating smoke hanging above ones head in a room whilst her children looked on.

The first presentation was by the National Brand Manager of Duracell who have partnered with the Fire & Rescue NSW to produce this series which is both informative and entertaining. He mentioned that Duracell is not only a trusted brand of batteries by people like you and me, but also a trusted brand by Fire & Rescue NSW. Together for the last fourteen years they have promoted the idea that home owners should change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time that change the clocks forward or backwards going into or out of daylight savings time (see Queensland, there IS a benefit for having the change in time).

Here in Australia as we head into summer we are going into one of the busy periods for not only the Fire & Rescue departments around the country, but also the teams of volunteer fire-fighters who will help protect properties and our beautiful countryside from those ravaging fire-storms that will surely hit. Here in Sydney, although we are only halfway into spring, we’ve experienced some really hot 30+ days that show we are expecting a long hot summer.

Of course in the northern hemisphere where they are heading into long cold winters, this too is a busy period because there are so many dodgy heaters that cause fires in homes. And seeing that there was three call-outs in the few hours that we were at Glebe Fire Station this morning, I doubt that there is ever a time that we could call a “quiet period” for them.

The next presentation was by one of the fire-fighters who appears on the show. He directed his presentation towards the children and asked them to look at some pictures to see what was the possible fire danger in them. The kids were very smart and pointed out the dangers and the safe conditions in all three scenarios. One of the boys – Raffles who is the star of the Boy Eats World blog) even suggested up the “get down low and go, go, go” and “drop and roll” ideas even before the fire-fighter had asked for those suggestions, but when the fire-fighter asked about the family’s evacuation plan, the kids were stumped.

And I have to admit, I hadn’t thought of that either, and neither had many of my fellow bloggers who were there. (I have included links to their blogs at the bottom of this page).

Watch this presentation by the stars of Firies as they take some school children through a demonstration…

We have smoke alarms upstairs and downstairs. We know they both work as they get set off once a fortnight when smoke from our stove activates the one downstairs (which in turn activates the one upstairs). It’s very close to our kitchen in our open-planned house; possibly too close according to my wife, although I’m sure the good folk at Fire & Rescue NSW disagree with that thought. And when either granddad comes over for lunch or stays the night and has breakfast at our house, the alarms will be set off by our toaster because for some reason, men of their age group tend to love to eat really dark, almost burnt toast. What’s with that?

If there WAS an alarm set off in the middle of the night and we were all upstairs asleep, what would our boys do? What would WE do? We really need to make a plan and talk to them about it. Of course, Master Three might be a little young to fully comprehend it, but our eldest at one month short of six years old will be able to take in our plan and get himself to safety. And we shouldn’t put this off, it needs to be implemented today.

Have you got an evacuation plan for your house? If you don’t, I really think you should make a plan straight away. And don’t forget to share this so that your friends and family can start planning there evacuation plan as well.

Please note, this is a sponsored post by Duracell and Network Ten’s Firies but the words and ideas are all my own. Firies will be shown on Network 10 in Australia starting on Saturday 11th October 2014 at 6pm and will run for 8 weeks. 

Go check out the blogs of some of the other bloggers I met today; Simon from Fast Lane Dad, Danielle from Keeping Up With The Holsbys, Aleney from Boy Eats World, and Sara from Kid Magazine. With their SLR cameras (as opposed to me and my smart-phone uploading straight to Instagram) I am sure there are some great photos of the day that you can see. And I thank each and every one of my fellow bloggers for making the event friendly, fun and fantastic.

5 thoughts on “Do You Have An Evacuation Plan?

  1. It was great to meet you this morning and I’m with you when they talked about an evacuation plan, I was stumped. Then riddled with guilt! Why hadn’t we thought of this. Tonight, at the insistence of Raffles, we’ve sat down as a family and prepared our fire plan… and every other family should too.

  2. It was great to meet you at the event! Olivia is a bit small to take too much of the info in but it was good to know what I need to be talking to her about as she gets older. See you at another event in the future I’m sure!

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