- On April 27, 2017
Most families are unprepared when disaster strikes. Having a family fire drill plan in place and practicing for the unlikely event of a fire is a prudent move that can protect your family during a life-threatening event.
Fire experts estimate that when fire strikes, you have as little as two minutes to escape. That’s why it’s so important to take the proper precautions like having an escape plan in place and practicing that plan at least twice a year.
Creating a Basic Fire Escape Plan
Creating a plan should involve everyone living in the home. Walk through your home and check every exit and window to make sure they are unblocked and easy to open. If you have kids, literally draw up a plan outlining each room in your home. Mark the location of smoke alarms, and make sure your kids understand exactly what to do if there is a fire. Schedule fire drills to practice your plan.
Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom and on every level of your home and make sure that your smoke alarm batteries are fresh and the units are working. Place fire extinguishers on every level of your home, especially in the kitchen and the basement. Here are some other tips to consider:
- A closed door can slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. If possible, exit the room and close the door. It can buy you crucial time.
- Make sure everyone understands your escape plan. Choose an outside meeting place, like a neighbors house where everyone can meet after an escape.
- Have everyone in the family, especially young children, memorize the emergency number 9-1-1.
- If there is anyone in the house with mobility problems, such as infants or elderly family members, make sure someone is assigned to assist them in the event of a fire.
After a Fire
Fire damage and smoke damage can present health problems after a fire. Fire can create toxic chemicals from the glue used in some household items that can be extremely dangerous. If you experience a fire and live in the greater Phoenix, AZ, area, give EHS Restoration a call.
Immediate action after a fire is the best way to minimize health and safety hazards. EHS Restoration specialists are trained fire restoration professionals and can help you clean and restore your home after a fire.