Like what people always say, prevention is better than cure. This obviously applies to fires. It’s better to prevent them than have to deal with them. This is why it’s recommended that you establish a plan to help prevent fires.
Even so, it’s a good idea to know how to deal with fires. You and the whole family should know what to do in case of a fire. This way, the whole family will have presence of mind because they already know what to do.
This article will help you do both – plan to prevent fires and to know what to do in case of a fire. Read on to educate yourself and your family.
Have at Least 2 Fire Exits
A lot of deaths caused by fires are because the victim got trapped. This is why your home should have clear exits. There should be at least 2 of them. Make sure that these exits are easily accessible from anywhere in the home. They should be free from any obstacles. Make sure that you check them regularly to ensure a clear path when needed.
Why at least 2 fire exits? This way in the event one gets blocked by the fire, there’s still another exit. Needless to say, the more fire exits, the better.
Have a Fire Escape Plan
The whole household should have a clear fire escape plan. This plan should tell you what everyone needs to do in case of a fire. It’s like the fire escape plans that need to be put inside buildings. The plan shows people where to go. You should have the same plan and make sure that everyone knows where to go from any point of your home.
While this may seem like a very basic thing to do, it’s sad to know that only 26% of families have a fire escape plan.
Install Smoke and Fire Alarms
This is very important especially when you’re asleep. Did you know that most fire-related deaths occurred during the night when the victims were asleep? If you have smoke and fire alarms, you will be notified of a smoke or fire emergency.
Make sure to check them regularly. You need to replace the batteries regularly. The alarms should be in several areas of the home. They should cover every space in your home.
Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy
This can help put out small fires, especially in the kitchen where a lot of the fires start. They should be in accessible locations. Also, everyone in the family, including your kids, should know how to use them.
Plan and Practice
All these tips will be thrown out of the window if you panic during a fire. This is why it’s important that you plan and that you practice. Conduct regular fire drills at home. Educate your family with these important fire safety tips. They’re very helpful especially for your kids.