There’s many “what if’s” in life and it’s difficult for one single person to account for all of them. One of these “what if” scenarios is protecting you and your family from a house fire. That’s why we suggest focusing on the most important ones, like fire and safety preparation tips.
If your house goes up in flames, you’ll want to be sure your prepared and know what to do. Below, we’ve outlined seven fire and safety preparation tips that’ll keep you and your family safe just in case you find yourself feeling the heat of this situation.
Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms
Just like simple maintenance on your car, maintaining working smoke alarms is one of the easiest early detection methods of a fire. To effectively utilize the smoke alarm system, make sure you install the right number of them throughout your house. According to the Red Cross, you should install interconnected smoke alarms in each room and outside each sleeping area.
Since smoke alarms are battery operated, they will require maintenance to ensure they are working properly at all times. Be sure to replace batteries at least once year and dust and vacuum cobwebs to prevent the alarms from false triggering. If you live in an older home, the National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years.
Know the Sound of Smoke Alarms
It’s pretty easy to determine when a smoke alarm is sounding. However, younger children may not be aware of what the noise means. If you have younger children, be sure to teach the sounds and meaning of the smoke alarm and what they need to do when they hear one. You may not always be around your child when an alarm sounds so find comfort in knowing they know how to handle themselves in that situation.
Planned Escape Routes
One of the most overlooked practices in families is planned escape routes. Make sure you and your family have discussed and planned out at least two ways to escape every room in the household. Settling on a meeting spot outside will save time and ensure that everyone has gotten out safely from the burning house.
Practice Escape Plan
Once you have a planned escape route, practice it. This will ensure that your plan is the most effective one for making sure all family members are safe. Practicing now allows your family to master it which will decrease the time it takes getting to safety if and when this situation happens.
Family Emergency Communications
Just as the escape plan, you and your family should create a family emergency plan. This should be an outline of ways to communicate with all family members if they are unable to find one another.
More importantly for younger children, make sure they know how to call 9-1-1. Run through with them about the important information that will be needed for emergency services to arrive at the scene. As a way to practice, have them do a run through of a pretend situation where they can call you and relay any information that may be needed.
Stop, Drop, and Roll
We are all taught this in grade school, and it remains a universal fire safety technique. Make sure all family members are up to par in their stop, drop, and roll techniques to ensure their safety if their clothes should catch fire during the escape process.
Nobody thinks they could fall victim to a house fire, but in reality, it happens to families every day. By following these fire and safety preparation tips, you and your family are on your way to successfully preventing or escaping from a home fire. Give Smallwood and Small a call today 304-263-3361 to discuss your homeowner’s insurance policy to make sure you have the right protection in your home for this type of situation.