A Cumberland, Maryland, family is crediting a carefully formulatedhome escape plan
with helping them quickly leave without injury when their home caught on fire recently. According to theCumberland Times-News
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“We had set up our plan, what we would do, where we would meet, what not to do, like if one of the dogs ran back into the house,” said Jeanne.
She said her son discovered the fire when he was in the shower. The entire family got out of their three-story brick house and to the designated meeting place before thesmoke alarms
The NFPAEscape Planning safety tips sheet
advises knowing at least two ways out of every room if possible, making a home escape plan, practicing home fire drills, and having a safe meeting place a safe distance from the home.
In less than four minutes, the Miller house was engulfed in flames. A team from Cumberland and volunteer firefighters quickly controlled the fire.
“We were upset and scared and this is devastating. But it could have been much worse,” Jeanne said. “We could have been planning funerals now. We are so grateful.”
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