We never quite expect them, and rarely plan for them. I think it is common for the majority of us to fall into the “it won’t happen to me or my family” mentality… but what if? What if a freak accident hits your home and endangers your loved ones? Although I hope that is never the case, it never hurts to be prepared. We can do this by planning for a fire. What is your plan? Have you practiced it? It is far too easy to panic and lose control in a situation where every second counts and tensions are high.
The first thing all experts agree on is that you should first have a plan, and then make sure to practice it; we all know, practice makes perfect. Right now you are probably thinking to yourself, “What does a good plan look like? Read on, I have the answers!
First, start by mapping your home. Make sure that you notate windows, doors, and smoke alarms. Check to see that all the windows and doors in your home are easily opened and in working order. Along with this you should marking a safe location near your home where your family can all meet in the event of a fire.
Second, make sure you have at least two escape routes out of each room. The most important part of this step is knowing if each person in your family can execute these escape plans with ease, so make sure to keep that in mind when planning these escape routes.
Third, know how to keep yourself safe while escaping! We have all hear it a million times, if any part of your clothing catches on fire: Stop, Drop, and Roll! That isn’t the only tip you need to keep in mind while leaving your home, make sure to stay low by crawling to avoid the toxic smoke, also close the doors behind you if you are able. This will help slow down the spread of the fire.
Finally, get out and stay out! Once you are safely outside of your home and in your designated safe location with all family members accounted for, do not go back in your room for any reason. Let the firefighters take care of anything that you need assistance with. Although it is tempting to do it yourself, just remember they are trained to effectively deal with these situations.
Remember, first have a detailed plan, and most importantly, practice it at least twice a year! Being prepared is always the way to go! Stay safe and happy! Do you have any tips on planning for a fire? Share them with us.