Home fires can happen at any moment, and every homeowner has the responsibility to prepare themselves as much as possible for an emergency. Knowing about fire prevention is essential, and everyone should be aware of ways to stop a fire from occurring, but fire safety shouldn’t stop there. House fires happen without warning all the time, and being prepared is just as important for keeping yourself safe.
Whether you live in an apartment building, dorm, or home, it’s crucial to know your escape plan in the event of an emergency. Those in high rise buildings know they can’t take the elevator, but do you know which stairs you’ll take or where the emergency exits are located? Draw a map of your building or home with all hallways, doors, and windows pictured. Draw a primary escape route, then other routes to follow in case of blocked doors or windows. A fire can develop quickly and block all exist, and being prepared with fire ladders in the upstairs bedrooms allows people to climb out the window safely and quickly.
Fire drills should always be taken seriously, as it allows you to test out your emergency exit plan before a real fire. Practice with your family or apartment building, so everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire and stays as safe as possible. Since fires happen when no one expects them to, a fire drill is most effective when no one knows it’s coming. Having a drill in the middle of the night may not make your family happy, but if they can make it outside while in the dark without any warning, they will be more prepared if a fire ever occurs.
Stop, Drop, And Roll
We all learned the stop, drop, and roll technique when we were younger, but have you attempted to do this technique recently? In addition to fire drills, have the members of your family act as though there is a fire in the house, and the must crawl to escape. Smoke and heat are often more dangerous than the flames in a home fire, and the ground is a much safer place to be, as smoke rises and the air near the ceilings is much hotter.
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