Ben Hammond, a firefighter from Little Rock, Arkansas is no stranger to fire prevention. He’s been teaching it for years in local schools and also brings the lessons home to his family. Years of fire prevention tips, planning, and fire drills helped to prepare Hammond and his family for a real emergency.
“The smoke alarm was going off and heavy smoke was coming out of there” he says. “I told my wife, ‘I’m going to call 911 and I want you to get the kids out of the house.'”
Luckily for them, the kids had already began vacating the house and were on their way out the door. The fire department was able to shut of the drying machine before the fire left the house, and Hammond remarks that, “The smoke alarm was a big lifesaver,” and “The kids, without being instructed, were able to react to it appropriately. I attribute this to the practice, repetition, and education they had beforehand.”
Check out some other fire safety tips on the National Fire and Protection Association website.