Even the Bradys Know the Importance of Being Prepared

This past Thursday, actress and entertainer Florence Henderson died of heart failure at age 82. She got her show business start on Broadway as a teenager in the 1950’s, but she is probably most remembered as one of America’s most beloved moms, Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch.

The Brady Bunch was a television series that aired from 1969 to 1974 on ABC and caught the attention of generation. The show’s reruns caught on with a new generation of viewers that enjoyed the outlandish hair and clothing styles for the early 1970’s.

The series focused on family matters mixed in with some comic relief, but often had a good lesson or “moral to the story.” There was definitely some good information passed along in Episode 6 of Season 3.

In this episode, Bobby and Cindy (the two youngest Brady siblings) get the entire family to participate in a home fire safety campaign by practicing fire drills and their escape plan.


While the delivery of the message is entertaining, the importance of creating and practicing a fire escape plan can be life-saving.

Make sure your family is prepared in case of a home fire and remember that every second counts. Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and consider these tips:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room.
  • If the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
  • Only purchase collapsible ladders evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Windows and doors with security bars must have quick release devices to allow them to be opened immediately in an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family understands and practices how to properly operate and open locked or barred doors and windows.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.
  • Make sure to a properly installed smoke alarm on every level of your home and replace batteries at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).

For additional information on fire safety and preparedness, check out these resources:

Ready.gov – Home Fires Resources

Cal Fire – Fire Safety Education

American Red Cross – Home Fire Safety

Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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