>Escape Route

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I was just doing a little research and learned that over 4,000 people die each year in fires, and approximately 25,000 are injured in the United States alone. One way to avoid becoming a statistic in your own home is by planning for escape so that you can get out quickly. I cannot stress how important this is. It only takes 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a fire that is completely out of control. After that, it takes only a few minutes for the entire house to become filled with black smoke and become engulfed in flames. (My Talking Heads painting is an example of this scenario.)

First, make sure you have 2 working smoke alarms, and check them once a month. You’ll also need to replace the batteries once a year.

In the event of a fire, have at least 2 escape routes from every room in the house. Why two? Because if your primary way out is blocked with smoke, you’ll need to exit another way. This may be through a window and down a ladder and onto another roof. Remember to crawl below the smoke, and practice your escape route twice a year.

If your windows have security bars on them, make sure they have quick release mechanisms which allow them to be easily opened. Also, make sure that everyone in the house knows how to open them, including babysitters.

Never open doors that are hot to touch. To determine this, use the back of your hand to feel the doorknob or door frame. If it feels hot, use your secondary escape route. And, even if it feels cool, open it carefully. If heat & smoke come in, close the door and use an alternate route.

Designate a meeting place for your entire family outside the home. This is to make sure that everyone has escaped the fire. Then, one person should go to a neighbor’s house to call the fire department.

Always escape first, then call 911. And, once you’re out, stay out. Do not enter the burning building again for any reason whatsoever. Even when a fire has been burning for only several minutes, toxic gases have been released and there is little oxygen to breath. Furthermore, the structure could collapse or the entire house could explode.

Also, teach young children not to hide from firefighters. They are there to save everyone’s life. To teach children more about fire safety, please visit the U.S. Fire Administration for Kids.


While you’re planning your escape route, have a look at my beaded 1943 Chevy fire truck. Very soon, the entire piece will be covered with red seed beads. I’m always thinking of the next steps, and right now, I’m wondering what to do for the tires. I really want there to be a tread, or something that seems like a tread. Any ideas??

5 thoughts on “>Escape Route

  1. >There are also a lot of kitchen fires. Many people put their fire extinguisher near the stove/oven. But it’s best if you can put the extinguisher near an exit door. Why? In case you run to grab the fire extinguisher, and you look back to see that the fire has gotten worse or out of hand, you’ll be close to the exit door to get away to safety. Your house is important — but you are more important…

  2. >Great education on fire today, Lone Beader, and about the tires. I was thinking of using beads in vertical rows and then using tiny bugles sewn over the top of the vertical rows and in v’s for a tiger paw type of treads. I’d use matt blacks for the tires and bugles. Just a thought.

  3. >Wow! I like your truck!!! Your work is so cool LB. I´m on hollidays at Pinamar, and know what…? I was walking along the beach, far from the city, when a fire truck apears on the sand! A little house was catching fire. I took a picture for you

  4. >Great tips on fire safety…good to be reminded, thanks for that. I LOVE the Truck…OMG…I can’t stand how cool this work is.How about for the tires some real thin poly clay that you take and shape to size and then run toy cars/trucks tires over to imprint it, place tiny holesaround the edges and then sew on with beads around it to help it blend? Just a thought…Love the work can’t wait to see what you do come up with.

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