Have you come up with a fire safety plan for your family? We read and talk a lot about fire safety, but how much do we actually teach and enforce these things with our families? For the prepper, fire should be one of the disasters you plan for alongside floods, tornadoes. Unfortunately, for many preppers, fire safety can fall to the bottom of the list. Fire safety is so important. We should be aware of how we would handle a fire at home and how we would get out, what things to do once outside, and other safety measures. Here is a step-by-step guide to making a fire safety plan for your family.
Fire Proofing Your Home
First, install smoke alarms in every room, especially in the bedrooms and kitchen. Change the batteries in smoke alarms twice a year and check them regularly. Consider purchasing a combination fire detector and carbon monoxide detector for extra protection. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher on every floor, including the basement and the garage. If you live in a 2 story home, it is a good idea to purchase fire escape ladders for upper floor windows. Eliminate as many fire hazards as you can. Check to make sure all wiring and insulation is up to code and meets current standards.
Electrical fires are far too common so make sure you don’t over load electrical outlets with too many cords. You should also use some common sense. Don’t leave candles unattended. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of small children. Store flammable products away from heat sources. Talk with your family (especially kids) about the safe way to use and handle matches and lighters, and that they should never use the stove without an adult present. This is also an extremely helpful part of your fire safety plan.
Escape Route and Evacuation
Draw and print out a floor plan of your home. Mark potential exits from every room and from every floor. Have this map posted where everyone can see it. Arrange a family meeting place outdoors. Make sure windows are easy to open and aren’t blocked by furniture or other items. Make plans for your pets to get out, too. Have a plan to help small children and elderly family members get out in case of fire. Talk to your kids about the best way to get out, by getting low to the floor and trying to avoid the smoke.
Have fire drills at different times of the day and have everyone practice getting out from different parts of the house.
Go over emergency contact numbers and dialing 911. Keep emergency numbers posted on the fridge, by the phone, and stored in your cell phone. Do not go back into your home once you have escaped. What can seem safe or minor can turn serious in seconds and your life could be in danger.
One thing to keep in mind is that going over your fire safety plan will help you to keep calm should a fire actually occur. Not that it won’t be scary, but you will be better equipped to deal with getting out safely because you have planned and practiced.