Fire Escape Planning: The Importance of Proper Windows in San Jose
An article in San Jose Mercury News reports about a recent fire:
SAN JOSE — A 2-alarm fire destroyed a home in the foothills of east of the city late Wednesday afternoon, according to the San Jose Fire Department.
No one was injured.
Fire crews responded to a home in the 1200 block of Champagne Lane around 4:26 p.m. after receiving several calls from neighbors saying they saw smoke and flames bursting from the structure, according to the department.
When crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed, but all three residents were able to escape unscathed.
According to the department, one of the residents was outside gardening when they heard a loud pop from inside the home.
The fire threatened nearby power lines as well as homes, but crews were able to contain the blaze to just the one home, though the department said the damage to the residence would most likely result in a total loss.
The San Jose Fire Department definitely has its hands full. This city might be one of the largest ones in America, but it holds the title of having one of the lowest staff rankings among the nation’s fire departments. For a populous city such as San Jose, the ratio of firefighter to resident is not recommended, but the SJFD is making do with what minimal manpower it has to rescue victims and put out fires more efficiently.
In the event of an emergency, people can’t always wait for firefighters to come and save them. The San Jose Fire Department, therefore, suggests that citizens should draw up an escape plan for their homes in case of a fire. This entails disseminating information properly in the household and ensuring that all San Jose windows and doors are designed to be easily opened and used.
Windows in San Jose residences are essential in proper fire escape planning. Companies like SKG Home Solutions, Inc. offer a wide variety of high-quality windows that are functional and reliable in cases of emergency. If a house’s windows is not up to standard, it is highly suggested for homeowners to invest in new ones.
Current Building regulations require at least one window in each floor to be suitable for escape in case other exits are unusable. The window width and height must be large enough for a person to fit in, and low enough for a child to reach. Testing the window beforehand is also recommended, to determine if it opens up all the way or if it has the tendency to become stuck.
Fire emergencies could happen any time, and one way to be prepared is to ensure that all home windows and doors can be used as exits.
(Source: San Jose: Home in east foothills destroyed in 2-alarm fire, November 13, 2014)