House Fires and What to Know
Did you know by having a working smoke detector more than doubles one's chances of surviving a fire?
House fires injure than 6,000 people each year. While this seems like a large amount of people it is important to remember there are ways to help prevent house fires from happening and can assist you in getting out of a building on fire.
- Smoke Detectors
It is recommended that every home be equipped with smoke detectors on every floor and ideally outside of each sleeping area. Each should be tested monthly and batteries should be changed when you change your clock for Fall and Spring.
- Fire Extinguishers
By keeping an all-purpose extinguisher (one rated for grease and electrical fires) you are helping decrease the risk of a serious, whole home, house fire. When having an extinguisher in your home it is very important to ensure every able-bodied family member is familiar with hour to properly operate it.
- A plan to get out of your home if a fire occurs
Having an escape route can be very beneficial if a fire breaks out at your home. Have an escape route for each area of the home and a designated meeting place outside. When planning for a family with young children, be sure to teach them not to hide from fire or smoke and to go to firefighters who are there to help them. Everyone must understand that once you escape, you must never reenter a burning building–no matter what you might have left behind. Make sure to practice your escape plan periodically. It will be easier to remember in case of an emergency. Make sure to practice your escape plan periodically. It will be easier to remember in case of an emergency.
After you've planned for the family, don't forget the pets. Alert firefighters about your pets. Don't rely on window or door decals to alert firefighters–such decals are often found to be outdated.