We all remember having fire drills back in our school days, but what about fire drills in our homes? Home fires kill more people every year than all other natural disasters combined. How many of us would know exactly what to do in the case of a fire? Here are some steps to keep you and your family safe in the event of a home fire:
- Find at least two ways to get out of every room in your home, and plan an escape route for each family member. If there are bedrooms on upper floors of the home, buy emergency escape ladders and ensure everyone knows how to use them.
- If any member of your family sleeps with their bedroom door closed, he or she must know to feel the door for heat before opening it if a fire were to occur.
- If all planned escape route are blocked by smoke or fire, keep all windows and doors closed and signal out the window to attract attention. Use a cell phone to call emergency services.
- Make sure your children are involved and knowledgeable. Challenge them to find all fire extinguishers in the home as well as all possible ways to get out of the house in an emergency.
- PRACTICE your family’s escape plan at least twice a year. Designate a place outside of the home where everyone will meet once they have escaped. DO NOT re-enter the burning building once safely outside.
If you follow these simple steps, you can ensure the safety of you and your family were a fire to occur in your home.