Cause for Alarm: If trapped and alone, could your child escape a house fire?

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Could your kids get out of the house, if it caught on fire?

What if the door was blocked by fire, do they have another escape route?

Tim Rorrer with Roanoke Fire-EMS says, “Fires grow really quickly these days. A lot faster than they used to, just because of what houses are being made of. So, something like this bed being on fire, 20 years ago, we would show up and put the bed out. Now, we show up in 4 minutes and the entire first floor is on fire.  Fires are spreading faster and are more dangerous.”

You might think – the “unthinkable” – will never happen to you, but it can and unfortunately has happened. The result, at times, has proven fatal. WFXR News teamed up with the Roanoke City Fire Department to show you what needs to be done to help keep your family safe.

“We teach them to look both ways when they cross the street.  We hold their hands. We give them swim lessons. We put them in a car seat. We don’t always talk about fire safety,” says Tiffany Bradbury, the Community Risk Reduction Specialist with Roanoke Fire-EMS.

We teamed firefighters with the White family’s two children, 5 year old Jayce and 7 year old Lyza and walked them through various scenarious. Both children have gone through fire lessons and conversations with their parents; some advice they remembered, other important pieces of information, they forgot.

Mom, Ellie White says, “If nothing else, just the kid’s reactions. It’s amazing. They really didn’t, I mean … as she trailed off, her husband Clint White finished the sentence, ” … they didn’t remember. They didn’t know.”

Watch our story tonight on WFXR News First at Ten, to see why it’s so important to put your family through fire drills at once every six months.

Firefighter Peter Mattheissen adds, “Just spending a few minutes talking to your kids about what to do in an emergency can save their lives and save your lives.”

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