Fire Officials Encourage Preparing, Practicing Escape Plan

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is encouraging the public to have a plan for getting out of their residence safely in the event of a fire. Captain Chris Ackley told us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment that it is important to draw an escape plan, and review the plan with everyone in the house, especially children. The plan should include two ways out of every room. That includes exits through the front and back door but also a bedroom door or window.  He says check doors for heat with your hand; if the door is hot, use your alternate exit.  Ackley says it is important to talk to your kids about what to do when the smoke alarm goes off, running different scenarios using the drawing of the escape plan. It is also very important to explain to children to never re-enter a burning structure once they have left.