A 7-Year-Old Teaches Us about Fire Prevention Smarts
October 06, 2017
Most people don’t find the noise of a fire alarmsoothing, but most people aren’t 7-year-old Grandy Miller.
Grandy, who has autism, is enthralledby high-pitched chirps and long, sustained horns of fire alarms. And he knowsexactly which alarm makes which noise. When he sees a fire alarm in asupermarket or at school, he’s comforted by the fact that he knows exactly thenoise it will make in an emergency.He’s collected dozens of fire alarms,all wired through a custom board.When he wants to hear a certain alarm, all he has to do is flip a switch andhis room is filled with noise.
Earlier this year, we threw a five-alarm birthday party atour Connecticut facility, complete with a custom fire-alarm cakeand a tour of the factory.
Such passion raises live-saving questions: Can you identifyyour fire alarm in an emergency situation? Do you have an escape plan for yourfamily? While Grandy knows the make and model of most fire alarms, nine out of10 Americans don’t even know how often fire alarms need to be replaced toensure they work.October 8 through 14 is Fire Prevention Week, and even if youdon’t know the exact sound of your fire alarm, here are tips from the National Fire Prevention Association to Help:
1. Map it Out : Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
2. Practice Drills : Twice a year, conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
3. Teach Kids : Show them how to escape on their own in case you can’thelp them.
4. BeEasy to Find : Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked so the fire department can locate it.
5. Close Doors : When you leave home, close the doors in your house to help slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.