What to Do If There Is a Fire in Your HomeApril 14, 2015
One of the most dreadful things for a family to experience is a house fire – especially when everyone is in the home at the time it breaks out. Although being caught in a fire is terrifying, remembering a few crucial aspects will help you and your family to evacuate the building safely before any injuries occurs. Here are a few tips on what to do in the event of having a fire break out in your home.
It is essential for everyone in the house to remain as calm as possible, as this will greatly improve everyone’s chances of getting out of the house as quickly as possible – and uninjured. Whoever notices the fire first should alert other family members in the house so that everyone else can begin making their way out as well. This can either be done by raising your voice and shouting, ‘Fire,’ by blowing a whistle or setting off another type of device that is loud enough for everyone to hear. It’s always important to remember that young children, elderly or disabled persons and pets will require assistance to leave the house safely.
As you no doubt would have learned in science classes, smoke and heat are known to rise. This is why it is crucial for everyone who is still in the house after a fire has started to get down on their hands and knees. Not only will they be able to breathe easier in this position; they will be able to see better, as their vision will not be as affected by the rising smoke as it would have been if they were standing up. If it is not possible to get down on to the ground, the nose and mouth should be covered with a cloth or item of clothing to help facilitate easier breathing.
Gather Outside and Don’t Reenter the House
After exiting the house, all family members should meet up at a predetermined point on the property to ensure that everyone has made it out safely. This will not only be the ideal time to determine whether anyone is injured or requires any form of medical assistance; it will also help fire fighters and other rescue workers determine whether anyone is still inside the house. Once everyone is outside, it is imperative that no one reenters the property without being given the go-ahead from fire and rescue workers.
Consider Implementing Fire Drills
It is strongly recommended that fire drills be practiced at least twice a year in your home, as this will ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency. Each family member should be taught how to exit the house by getting down as low as possible and to find the nearest safe exit while doing so. It’s also important to remember that personal safety always comes first – even if it means having to leave favorite toys, clothing or family heirlooms behind.
If you are unsure of how to go about implementing a fire drill in your home, it is recommended that you contact your local fire department. Not only will the employees there be able to provide you with tips and advice; in some cases, they may even be willing to perform a demonstration for you as well.