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Over the past few weeks, the NBC television show “This Is Us” has effectively dramatized home fire missteps that can have deadly consequences. These dramatizations have turned lots of attention to fire safety, offering powerful opportunities to talk about what can be done to prevent fire fatalities in real life.
In the most recent episode, the Pearson family made critical errors in escaping a home fire. First and foremost, no one should ever re-enter a burning building, as Jack (the father of the family) did. If a person is still trapped inside a burning building, you should tell the firefighters where you think that person might be. Never ever go back inside a burning building.
After Jack escapes the fire, his daughter urges him to save the family dog. Jack accommodates her request, emerging through the front door of the home moments later with the dog and mementos in hand. In reality, with a fire quickly raging throughout the home, it is highly unlikely that Jack would have been able to do this and escape safely.
Lastly, a home escape plan would have been a big help to the family, ensuring that they each knew how to exit the home as effectively and efficiently as possible. They also would have known to call the fire department immediately upon getting out.
Previous “This Is Us” episodes highlighted the vital importance of installing batteries in smoke alarms, as well as making sure cooking appliances are in good working order and kept well away from anything that can burn. According to NFPA research, the majority of fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
What did you think about the way “This Is Us” presented fire safety messages? Let us know in the comments section below.