American Red Cross had responded to more than 74,000 disasters across the United States last year. Much of a surprise is that 93 percent of those disasters were fire related.
Fire spreads in fractions of second and engulfs everything that come in it way. It takes seconds to burn everything and turns it into ashes. The smoke and gases from the fire can be even more dangerous as if inhaled sears the lungs. The smoke and gasses makes the victim disoriented and hence difficult for him/her to take action against it in order to stop it. Know what you are dealing with. Learn about home fires today and know what you need to do if a home fire strikes your home tomorrow. Home fires can be prevented if you take a step today!
Communicate with your family and take every necessary step required to prevent a home fire. Develop your family’s Crisis communication plan and Fire Escape plan to teach them what they need to do in a course of a home fire. We, at Crisis Prevention and Restoration for business, aim to provide you assistance for you to save yours and your family’s future. Let us help you do that!
Fire Escape plan
Fire is quick when it comes to spreading. It does not take more than a few seconds to engulf within itself every corner of the home it’s been set unto. It is not unusual for people to panic in such a situation where they cannot make the right decisions. However what can serve to be helpful during a fire event is to already have an escape plan prepared for the sake of safety. Escape plan helps you get a grip over what you need to do if an unfavorable situation strikes. During a fire event, escape plan is the first and foremost resort that offers some level of safety. Not having an escape plan can exacerbate the consequences and causalities resulting from the fire. If you don’t have an escape plan, start devising one today with our help.
Consider the following while devising a Fire Escape plan:
- Drawing a map of all levels of your office or home and make sure that the map shows all windows and doors as well as the alternate routes that can be used for getting off that floor.
- Make sure that all the doors used for the escort are easily useable and do not get stuck. In an event of fire often oil and smoke gas makes the use of already stuck doors and windows difficult.
- Make sure that you practice the escape plan with every member of your home or office as well as with those having any sort of disability to make sure that everyone knows the escape plan.
- Practice the fire escape plan both during the day and at night at least twice a year.
There are lots of things you can do to help safeguard your home and loved ones from the threat of home fire. Keep the checklist on the fridge as a reminder of what you can do to help keep your home safe. Here are some of the home fire safety tips:
- Never leave cooking, heaters, open fires or candles unattended. Unfavorable time does not knock before coming. Make sure that the stove works properly and you turn it off appropriately after cooking. A lot of fire events that happen across the world are due to fire starting from kitchens. Make sure that all the appliances in your kitchen works fine and do not pose a thread of sparking a fire. Keep the matches and lighters at a safe place out of the reach children and somewhere far from the gas appliances.
- Keep electrical appliances of your home in good working order. Get them fix on time if they don’t work properly. Make sure that electrical appliances are placed safely out of the reach of water. Covering the electrical wires with PVC pipes is another effective strategy that can be utilized in order to avoid the danger of fire due to wire sparking.
- Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut. Make sure security gratings on windows have a fire safety opening feature so they can be easily opened from the inside.
- Never smoke inside your home. The cigarette ashes need to be disposed properly as they can start a fire if given a little spark. If you smoke inside the bedroom, use ashtrays. Never take a lit cigarette to the kitchen where there are many gas and electrical appliances.
- Every home or building is required to have at least one functioning smoke alarm installed on every level by law. Regularly clean your alarms and check whether they are working properly or there is a need to replace them. Make sure that everyone is familiarized with the sound of the smoke alarm.
- Smoke alarms wear out. Change your smoke alarms after every 10 years. If however, you can’t remember when you last changed them; install new smoke alarms that are interrelated if possible.
- Installing a fire blanket and fire extinguisher is both useful and necessity for controlling the fire event and avoid as much damage as possible due to a fire event. Make sure that you know how they works and so does every member of your family in case you are not around for help.
- Store all matches and lighters out of reach of children
- Practice the home fire escape place at least twice a year both at daytime and during night to ensure that you and your family know what to do if home fire threatens.
- Live near an exit. You’ll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building. If you live in a multistory home, arrange to sleep on the ground floor, and near an exit.
- Store the flammable and combustible liquids away from heat sources.
- Portable generators are very dangerous and should never be used inside the home.
- Never burn trash, paper, or green wood inside your home.
Children and Home Fire
Children under the age of five are more likely to get injured in a home fire than the rest of the population, and child-playing fires are the leading cause of fire deaths among preschoolers. Do you not deem it important for your children to know what they should stay away from and what to do in such an unfavorable situation?
Besides training your children to stay away from things that can start a fire, following are some of the things that you can do to play your part for securing their future
- Keep all the matches and lighters that are not children resistant out of the reach from children. Store them in a safe place where neither there is no harm for gas catching fire nor can the children reach. Using lighters that are children resistant is preferable.
- Keep electrical switch boards higher on the walls where the children cannot reach.
- While practicing the fire escape plan, focus on your children and also practice with them the stop, droll, and crawling actions in different situations at different placed of your home.
- Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
- Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it
- Teach your children that when the smoke alarm notifies, they are supposed to get out of the home and stay under a tree someplace near or wait outside in case they are alone at home.
During a Home Fire Event
- If find yourself in a course of home fire immediately make your way towards the exit.
- If there is heavy smoke, don’t run upright rather get down and crawl towards the exit as smoke and gases collect at the ceiling first then comes down. Crawling low might help avoiding serious injuries.
- While making your way towards the exit, do not open doors promptly rather feel the door and doorknobs first, if they are really hot that means there may be fire behind the door, leave the door closed and look for another exit.
- If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.
- If you somehow cannot reach your family to help them, leave the home immediately rather than wasting time in trying. Call 911 and tell the firefighters there location within the home.
- If your clothes catch fire, stop immediately, drop down and start rolling back and forth on the ground until the sire halts. Get medical assistance as soon as you get outside the home.
After a home fire
When a home fire strikes, it renders everything turning into ashes. While observing the doom right infront of the eyes, all the hope vanishes and one cannot decide where to start from to get things back to normal. The mere staying in the limbo causes much distress and makes it difficult to talk actions after the home fire strikes. However, following are some of the things among all serving as a guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.
- Immediately after a home fire event, contact your insurance company for property safety. However, if your home is not insured, contact local rescue organizations.
- Immediately contact the disaster relief organizations such as Red Cross for assistance and temporary shelter
- Make the insurance company or local organizations in case you are not insured, check if the place is safe to live in after fire had been stopped or if redemption is possible.
- If you leave your home, contact the local police department to let them know immediately
- Keep all the receipts for money you spend for recovery related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses
- Inform the mortgage company of the fire event immediately.
- Try to locate valuable documents, assets and records if possible. You might need them later on.
Gather your family and devise your own Fire escape plan today to take an initiative towards your family’s safety. Contact Crisis prevention and business restoration by calling us at: 415.891.9107 or emailing us at: CPR4BIZ@gmail.com for taking the first step towards your family’s safety. Our job is to focus on your well being; to help you to prevent, prepare & restore from a variety of crisis, disasters and emergencies. Prevent home fire. It is possible.