Be Prepared for a House Fire and Then Help to Spread the Word
The following information was gleaned from Ready.gov's Home Fires page. We recommend spending more time reading their detailed information and instructions in order to be as Fire Ready as possible. Are you a member of Neighborhood Watch or an alternative community safety group? Consider spreading the news to friends and neighbors by participating in FEMA's Pledge to Prepare program.
- Understand the Basics. Many people assume escaping a fire is simply a matter of hearing a fire alarm, or seeing flashy orange flames, and then getting out. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Fire is:
- Fire Escape Plan. Make sure your family has a solid "Fire Escape Plan" in place. This should include things like:
- Establishing a primary route out of each room
- Coming up with a secondary plan in case rooms/exits are blocked by fire
- Purchasing fire escape equipment which has been safety tested by a reputable third-party agency, such as UL (Underwriter Labs).
- Ensuring windows open freely and screens are easily popped out, even by young children
- That everyone can escape by feel - with eyes shut - in case the smoke is so thick it prevents clear vision
- Make sure all security bars have a quick release option and that every family member knows how to operate it
- Prepare children for firefighters in full uniform and/or masks. They can often look scary so children need to learn firefighters are there to help and to approach them without fear.
- Install smoke alarms. There should be a smoke alarm located in every bedroom, the hallways outside of sleeping areas, and on each level of your home. Test the alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year to ensure alarms will function properly in case of a fire. Never disable a fire alarm while cooking.
These three simple tasks may end up saving the life of you or someone you love. Click Here for information on preventing house fires.