Fires are always unexpected and can be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important for you and your family to know what to do if and when a blaze erupts in your home.
Fire Escape Plan
One of the first things you should do is create a fire escape plan. For the most effective plan, evaluate your home for the safest exits. According to the American Red Cross, the best way to create an escape plan is to identify at least two exits in each room, this way if the fire is blocking any obvious exits, you and your family will have multiple backup plans. Make sue that each family member understands where the planned exits are, and it’s also a good idea to conduct walk throughs with your family every so often so the best routes for an escape remain fresh in mind.
Once your family is outside of the home, make sure they know where to meet. In case of fire, the whole family may not be able to exit the house as a group, so it’s important to plan a meeting spot. Practice exiting the house and meeting in the designated location a few times a year. It also helps to practice your escape plan at different times of day, since your home and surroundings may look different during the day as opposed to at night. It’s also important to make sure each family member knows to call 911 in case of fire and how to stop, drop, and roll in case they come in contact with the flames.
What’s just as important as knowing how to react when a fire occurs, is how to prevent fire from beginning. There are several household devices and appliances that can cause fire if not handled properly. Make sure to always turn off all portable heaters or space heaters when not in the room, keep matches, lighters, and lighters fluid in safe places away from children, and never put anything flammable near heat, such as stoves, fireplaces, grills, and even furnaces. Additionally, refrain from smoking in the home, especially in bed. This helps prevent fire if you fall asleep while smoking.
In the case that a small fire does erupt, you may use a fire extinguisher if you’ve been trained by a professional, and only do so if the fire is contained, there is little smoke, everyone is out of the room, and you’ve called the fire department. Handling extinguishers without the proper training can lead to even more dangerous circumstances, so if you aren’t sure you know how to use one, dial 911 and call for help immediately.
Smoke and Fire Detection
It’s important to know what to do in case of a fire, however it’s also absolutely necessary to install fire and smoke detectors throughout your home. Smoke detectors will alert you and your family when a potentially dangerous amount of smoke is present in the home, while fire alarms are a bit more advanced. They can be connected to a security system and also can be inner connected to sound off when fire erupts. Some systems include sprinkler systems, as well, which are a quick way to help put out a fire once it’s started.
For help with fire escape plans, contact your local fire department. Professionals will be able to help you locate the best exit routes in your home and give valuable advice on prevention. To learn more about how you can connect your fire alarm to your security system, contact your local security professionals. The best way to prevent fire is to be prepared, so if you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals.