Fire is a very real and potentially deadly danger that can happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are. This is why it is so important to have a fire escape plan for your home. Your children and everyone else in the property will need to understand the plan and understand how to get out should the worst happen. Here are some tips on how to create a fire escape plan that everyone should follow. Hopefully, you will never need to use it, but it is far better to take some time to make one and never use it than need one and not have created it.
Before you even begin to write down your fire escape plan, you need to have smoke alarms installed in your home. Most alarms are simple to install, and you should be able to do it yourself, but if you’re not sure, then ask someone who is because these little units can make all the difference when they are in your home. Smoke alarms are your first line of defence against a fire, as they will alert you before the flames really have a chance to take hold in most cases.
Not only should you install smoke detectors, but you will also need to check them regularly to ensure that they work properly, and always have a stock of spare batteries to hand for when the current ones run out.
When you are writing a fire escape plan, you will need to note not only the best exits (depending on which area of the house is on fire) but also have useful notes to remind people how to slow the spread of that fire. In the panic that a fire creates, it can be easy to forget this, and that can make the situation worse. For example, your escape plan can include information about which doors should be closed to slow down the fire.
It is also important to check that all of the escape route doors can be opened easily when needed, and that includes especially the doors to the outside which will often be locked. Information about where the keys are, or how to break a door or window safely if there is no other way to escape will also be important.
It might be that not everyone is together when escaping a fire. If you have a large home, for example, or parts of it can’t be accessed, then you will need to make sure that everyone has escaped safely, and be able to let the fire department and ambulance technicians know if there is anyone still trapped inside. Therefore, you will need to designate a safe meeting place. It needs to be somewhere that everyone can find, but it should also be at a reasonable distance from your house to keep everyone safe. It might be a neighbor’s yard, or a specific street sign, for example. Make sure that this information is included in your plan and that everyone knows where they will need to do.
Although you know where you live and what number it is on your street, does that mean that everyone will be able to find it quickly and easily? Can the house number be seen from the road? If not, you will need to install a new sign, or even paint the number on the curb. You need the fire crew to be able to find your home without any delays and doing something like this (before it is ever needed) will help them immensely.
What To Take
Fire can cause a massive amount of damage, which is why many people feel that they are going to want to take as many of their possessions as possible with them. This, however, can slow down or even prevent safe escape from the burning building. There must be a rule that everyone must leave everything in the house and get themselves out. There will be damage, but that can be fixed by a company such as ServiceMaster Restore that specialises in restoration fire damage; health cannot be so readily fixed, and it is what needs to be thought of first when leaving a burning property.
Something that everyone needs to know is the emergency number to call to report the fire in the first place. It is something that children should also know so that whoever is out of the house first is able to make that all important phone call from anywhere. The quicker the emergency services are called, the sooner they can arrive.