How to Prepare for a Home FireOctober 24, 2016
A home fire can be devastating. It can destroy a home and its possessions in a very short period of time. In some unfortunate situations, physical harm can occur. Luckily, this can be avoided by being prepared.
If you want to protect your family from a home fire, it’s important that you prepare—even though it may never occur—for the event. Here are the steps that you should follow:
Come up with an Escape Plan
The most important thing you can to do protect your family in the event of a fire is to come up with—and practice—an escape plan. Should a fire occur, the last thing you want is for your family to panic and not know where to go. Here are some good tips to help you come up with a plan:
- Use two escape routes in case one is not accessible
- Designate a meeting spot outside your home
- Time your drills until each member of your family exits the home in two minutes or less
- Practice crawling to ensure smoke isn’t inhaled
- Teach and practice stop, drop, and roll
If you come up with a plan that’s centered on the above tips, you’ll be well on your way to being prepared for a home fire.
Follow Your Escape Plan
In order to properly carry out your escape plan you and your family should try the first escape route. Touch doors to ensure they’re not hot. Also, check for smoke coming from underneath the doors. If the doors are hot and/or there’s smoke, head to the second escape route.
Usually, at least one escape route will be available. When you’re outside the home, the following sequence should occur:
- Call 911 and inform them that a fire has occurred
- If a member of your family is still in the home, tell the 911 representative immediately
- When you get out, you should stay out. Never go back into a burning home—that’s the responsibility of trained professionals
In the event that you can’t get out, you should place a wet towel under the door of the room you’re staying in before calling 911. This will ensure you and your family are safe.
You’ll definitely be emotional after you and your family has escaped the home. It’s important that you try to remain as calm as possible—taking things slowly. Remember, the most important thing is that you and your family are safe. Once emergency personnel arrive, carefully answer questions and take instructions. You can enter your home only when emergency personnel say it’s safe to do so. In addition, you should only enter the home wearing long pants and sleeves. Masks and goggles might also be necessary.
The information provided in this post will help you be prepared in the event that a fire occurs inside your home. Remember to come up with and practice your plan. Also, remember that you should remain calm and lead your family to safety. For more information, please contact us. We’ll gladly help you.