Essential Tips for Surviving a Fire in your Home
Most of us probably don’t think this could ever happen to us and our homes, therefore we likely don’t have a plan in place. Putting an evacuation plan together and practicing it with our families can go a long way. We’ve all heard the saying, practice makes perfect. It’s natural for us as humans to panic in a situation like this, but the more we plan ahead and practice, the more it becomes muscle memory.
Here are some tips to consider when you are putting together your evacuation plan when fire becomes your enemy.
- Have a written escape plan
- Most important, write down your plan. Describe routes that will be used to evacuate your home, where you will meet afterwards and who your designated leader will be that will contact the authorities for help.
- Purchase Rope Ladders for the upper floors (if you have them)
- Having ladders ready to go is important in case your downstairs is blocked off. Most emergency rope ladders can be purchased for $30-$50.
- Have a fire extinguisher
- It’s ideal to have multiple fire extinguishers that are easily accessible in your major rooms including the master bedroom, the kitchen, the bathrooms and living room.
- Install and Test Smoke Alarms
- These should be installed on every level and in each major room of your home. Make sure to test them on a monthly basis to make sure they are working. Repair or replace any that don’t.
- Test doors for heat
- A well-known tip for surviving a house fire is to test the doors for heat before walking through it. There could be a fire blazing in the next room even if it’s not in the room you are in.
- Stay low to the ground
- Staying low to the ground makes you less vulnerable to smoke which tends to rise.
- Cover your nose and mouth covered with a wet rag or shirt
- Often times the fire itself is not the biggest threat, it’s the smoke. Breathing in too much smoke can cause you to pass out. At a minimum, cover your mouth with your hands.
- Don’t go back in after you have evacuated
- Once you have safely evacuated the home, do not go back in no matter what. Leave it to the professional fire crew to handle the situation from that point on. Never go back in for valuables. Those are replaceable, lives are not.
- Place emergency kits near the exits
- Having a few kits near the exits can be helpful to grab on the way out. Include some cash, extra clothing, first aid supplies and so forth.
- And most important, PRACTICE
- The best way to be prepared is to practice! Just like schools that run periodic fire drills to make sure everyone knows how to evacuate, you should do the same with your families. This could ultimately be what saves your lives in the end.
If you do experience fire damage in your home, that can be devastating. We can help restore your home back to its pre-fire condition. Our approach is to take the least invasive path to restoration and save as much as possible. Give us a call today and let SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha/West Franklin do the worrying for you. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”