Emergencies often happen quickly and without warning. Though it is impossible to predict an emergency, you can always be prepared. Teaching your children their role in an emergency plan will help prepare them mentally and physically. As we move into the winter months, it is the perfect time to discuss emergency plans and fire safety.

Discuss: Keep discussions about fires simple and age appropriate. One of the most serious concerns for children and fire safety is the likelihood of panic. Therefore, it is vital to have a plan in place and practice it often, so it becomes a routine. This will help them remain calm and make rational decisions in the event a fire does occur. Set up a family field trip with your local fire department. The fire station will be able to provide you with valuable fire safety information and tools.

Evacuation Plan: Did you know 50% of homeowners in the U.S. do not have an emergency escape plan? In the event of an emergency, every second counts. Install smoke alarms outside sleeping areas and on every level of your home. Be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries every six months. According to the Nation Fire Protection Association, you may have less than two minutes to escape after your smoke alarms sound. Hence, the importance of having an evacuation plan and practicing it often with your family.

  • Walk through your home with your family and designate multiple exits per room. Make sure you do not have any doors or windows blocked.
  • Consider installing escape ladders in the bedrooms if you have a multi-level home.
  • Assign a meeting spot outside that is a safe distance from the home. A neighbor’s house is a smart choice.
  • Ensure your street address is clearly visible on your home and mailbox for first responders.
  • Make sure your children know their address and how to dial 9-1-1.

Fire Drills: Fire drills are often practiced at school and in the workplace, so why not practice at home? Use this opportunity to get the whole family involved and even make it fun for the children. Make it a goal for everyone in your family to exit the house in less than two minutes. Remember to also practice the drills at nighttime to prepare for evacuating in the darkness.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


  • Taylor and Kelly worked hard on my case so I didn’t have to. Thanks guys!


  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


  • Great lawyers. They helped me with a West Virginia case.


  • Such a great experience with Taylor and this firm. Thankful for their diligence and their work on our case. Thank you to all!


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  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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