FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Springfield Fire Department has 50 First Alert fire escape ladders to provide to Springfield residents living in multilevel homes located in City Council Zones 1 and 2, which are the northwest and northeast quadrants of the city. If you're not sure which zone you live in, you can find out by contacting the Citizen Resource Center at 417-864-1010.
To receive an escape ladder, you must live in Zone 1 or 2 and complete a home escape plan with the Fire Department. Contact Fire and Life Safety Educator Heather Parker at [email protected] or 417-874-2380 to set up a time with a fire crew to complete a home escape plan.
"These escape ladders are compact, simple to store and offer an escape if a door or stairway isn't accessible during a fire," Parker says. "They are made of nylon and steel construction and are tested to hold over 1,000 pounds."
The ladders come fully assembled and are designed for window sills between 6 and 10 inches wide, Parker added.
Parker offers the following fire safety tips for all residents to keep in mind:
- Have working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Create and practice a home escape plan at least twice per year.
- Know at least two ways out of every room.
- Have an outside meeting place.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
- Close doors behind you as you leave.
For more information, please contact Assistant Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Melissa Haase at 417-536-7648 or [email protected].