House fires are a serious issue that could harm your family if you are not prepared. We have fire safety drills at school and work, but we don’t always think about making a plan for a home fire. If you follows these tips and take the time to plan for a fire, you and your family will be more prepared to safely get out before the fire gets out of control.
The first step in fire safety is to eliminate any potential fire hazards from your home. You should check your smoke detectors to be sure they are working, make sure electronics do not have damaged cords and make sure not to overload outlets or extension cords. Electric devices can be one of the main causes for starting a home fire, so by checking them regularly you can reduce that risk.
Next, you should teach your kids about the dangers of fires and what to do if one happens. First make sure they know not to play with matches or lighters, and then keep those items out of reach. In the event of a house fire, you will want your children to know how to respond quickly. Children should be taught to cover their nose and mouth and get low to the ground and to exit the home immediately if the alarm goes off. If you teach them ahead of time, they will have a much better chance at escaping a house fire unharmed.
The most important step in fire safety is to create a family escape plan. You should make a diagram of your house with all of the windows and doors marked, so that two escape routes can be listed for each room. This will prepare your family to escape from any room in the house. You should practice the escape routes as a family twice a year to remain alert. A designated meeting location that is a safe distance from the house should also be discussed so you can accurately account for everyone during a fire emergency. Make practice drills fun for the kids by creating a game using a stopwatch to see how fast each family member can escape. A family who regularly practices their plan, in most cases will be able to get to safety before the fire engulfs the house.
If you feel overwhelmed on where to start, use the Internet to download available templates and worksheets from your local fire department to help you create your escape plan.