Many families have fire escape plan, but few practice it

May 10, 2012

A good fire evacuation plan could help save lifes and stop a life insurance policy from being prematurely claimed.

A new survey has shown that while many families have a fire escape plan, a little more than half have never actually practiced the plan. A well-practiced fire escape plan could save lives and prevent the need to make a claim on a life insurance policy.

The survey was conducted by First Alert as a part of a consumer education program tied to Fire Prevention Week. It showed 79 percent of families have a home escape plan in case of fire or other emergencies while 51 percent have never practiced it. About 29 percent of people said they have only practiced their escape plan once.

"It is encouraging that so many people have given thought to a fire escape plan, but unpracticed, it cannot be as effective," said Deborah Hanson, director of external affairs for First Alert. "The NFPA and local fire safety officials make strong recommendations because they know that proper planning can help prevent tragedy."

U.S. News & World Report said to prevent fires in a home, people should always stand by their pan when they are cooking, smoke outside, keep flammable items away from heat and always make sure electrical cords are not old and malfunctioning. Taking these types of precautions could mean not having to collect life insurance money later.

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