Monday, December 7, 2015
Fire is one of the worst things that can happen to your home. Without a fast response, fire can wreak havoc and destroy all that you've worked to build. However, more important than your belongings are the lives of your family and yourself. Take care to have a proper safety plan in place should a fire occur.
1. Know the exits.
Educate your children on what to do in the event of a fire. Show them how to escape from their windows without opening the doors, and instruct them to leave immediately. The first and foremost concern should be getting them to safety; everything else is secondary. At the same time, make a plan for how you can check on your children in the event the home is engulfed in flames.
2. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
Small fires can be stopped from spreading with the right equipment. Make sure you have the right kind of fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies, and take the time to learn how to properly use it. Perform inspections of the equipment every few months to ensure it's up to date and in working order. It's also a good idea to educate your family on the proper use of the fire extinguisher, as well as ensuring they knew where it is located at all times.
3. Install an automatic fire sprinkler system.
Taking a proactive approach can reduce the amount of damage caused by a fire. Install an automatic system that will activate when it detects a certain level of heat; when this happens, the sprinklers activate and fling water across a predetermined area, dampening the flames and anything inside the room. By wetting all of the materials, you can make it harder for the flames to spread and fight those that may already be there. Automatic sprinkler systems can be installed by your local home security company.
The chance of a fire happening is small, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Take the time to properly educate both yourself and your children on the proper fire safety practices to ensure you all make it out safe should a fire occur.