This article is very close to home for me since we lost our house and all our sentimental possessions, all our earthly possessions just last year. I hope everyone reads and considers these words and creates their own strategy for fire emergencies.
Hundreds of people die every year because of fire-related incidents, especially during the winter and/or Christmas season. It is very important for us to be prepared for such emergencies. Each member of our family should know what to do in case of fire. More importantly, all of us need to know what to do to prevent the fire in the first place.
Planning Ahead for A Fire
One of the most important things that parents forget to teach their children is to prepare for an emergency such as fire. Even at a young age, children should already be taught how to prevent fire and what to do in case there is fire.
Fire drills have often been conducted in buildings and schools to help prepare building occupants and students in case of fire, so why can’t you have a fire drill in your home or at the least discuss strategies for escape, prevention, and warning other family members?
The first point of discussion is to check your house for possible fire exits. See if the windows and doors in your house are big and tall enough to be used as possible fire exits. Make a floor plan for each room, ensuring that there are at least two ways to get out of any room to escape fire. In making the floor plan, you need to include crucial details, such as stairs, windows and hallways.
After devising a floor plan, you should meet your children and discuss your fire escape plan. You should also make sure that your family has devised a way of warning other members of fire, such as bells, door tapping, etc. It would be best if each bedroom of your house has a flash light and a bell. Lastly, select a safe place outside the house where everyone will go after escaping the fire.
Preparing your Family for A House Fire
It is wise to act out your evacuation plan with the whole family. Teach your children how to stay close to the ground while escaping and is possible, let them memorize the way. Sometimes, the smoke caused by fire would make it very difficult to see the way, so it would really be wise if you and children know the way by heart.
You and your children should also know that during fire, you should feel the door first before opening it. You should not open the door if it is hot. Instead, find another way you could escape your room or house.
If the clothes of your children or any family member catch fire, tell them to fall to the ground and roll. This will help extinguish the fire.
Making Your House Safe from Fire
Make sure that emergency numbers are placed near telephones. Such numbers should always be accessible and visible so that you can call authorities immediately when a fire breaks out.
You should also ensure that smoke detectors are installed in key places in your house. Once smoke detectors are installed, you should check their batteries once in a while. Usually, the batteries of smoke detectors should be changed yearly.
Place fire extinguishers in key locations. If your house has several floors, ensure that there is at least one fire extinguisher per floor.
It would really be best if smoking is prohibited inside the house because many incidences of fire are caused by improperly discarded cigarettes. However, if smoking cannot be helped, make sure that nobody smokes in the bed. Furthermore, let everyone know how to properly discard cigarette butts.
No matter how many times you have taught your children that matches and lighters are dangerous, some will still play with them. Thus, it is advisable to keep all lighters and matches in places that your children cannot access. If possible, put them in locked drawers or cabinets.