If a fire were to ever start in your home, you would want to know how to handle that situation. Therefore, it is important that you create a fire emergency plan to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe when danger strikes. Let’s look at some aspects of an effective plan and how you can implement it today.
Identify the Exits
The first thing that you want to do is identify all the exits in the home. These could be doors, windows that open to the outside or any other place where you can safely leave the home. Everyone in the family should be able to open any door or window that may constitute an emergency exit in the event of a fire.
Have a Designated Meeting Point Outside
Getting out of the house is only half the battle if a fire should start in your home. Once everyone is out, they should know where to meet to ensure that everyone is safe and accounted for. Ideally, this point will be far enough away from the house to prevent anyone getting hurt from excess heat or embers falling from the home.
Have at Least One Fire Extinguisher Per Floor
In some cases, a fire may be put out without anyone needing to exit the property. However, this is only possible if there is a fire extinguisher nearby that everyone knows how to use. There should be at least fire extinguisher per floor that is located in an area that is accessible at all times.
Teach Your Kids About Stop, Drop and Roll
If a person or a person’s clothing catches on fire, there is a method that can prevent the flames from spreading. This technique is known as stop, drop and roll. Rolling on the ground can choke off the air supply that fire needs to keep burning. This should prevent the fire from spreading and causing injury or increasing the potential for getting hurt.
Practice Your Fire Safety Plan
You should practice the fire safety plan on a regular basis. This makes it more likely that you and your family will simply react when a fire occurs instead of spending precious seconds thinking about what to do while in a panic. For best results, you may want to have unannounced drills to make the situation seem as real as possible each time that a practice session occurs.
Having a fire emergency plan may increase the odds of surviving a fire event in your home. Creating a plan is easy, and it should only take a few minutes a week or month to practice and prepare for after it is created.