Fire Safety Tips for your Family
You don’t want to think that a fire can occur in your home. However, there are many precautions you can take to help prevent this dangerous possibility. Although they sound simple, many families overlook these rules that can reduce your risk.
- Don’t overload your electrical circuits
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children
- Don’t smoke in bed
- Don’t store oil or grease-soaked rags
- Keep combustibles far from heat sources
If Fire Strikes
If a fire occurs in your home, make sure your entire family remembers the following information.
Smoke is Black
When there is thick smoke, you can hardly see the flames. This may cause disorientation so you must know how to escape your home in the dark.
The Heat is Intense
At knee height, the temperature may be about 90 degrees. At shoulder height, a burning fire can be as hot as 690 degrees. When escaping, stay as close to the floor as possible in a crawling position.
Gather the Children and the Disabled and Get Out
When fire strikes, you have as little as one to two minutes to escape. Do not waste time calling the fire department. You can do this after you are out of the home.
Prearrange a Meeting Spot
This location should be a place that is safely away from the structure of your home where every family member knows to go immediately after escaping. When everyone is accounted for, go to a neighbor’s home and call the fire department. If possible, you can tell a responsible family member who has already been accounted for, to call the fire department and return immediately to the meeting place.
Don’t Try to Fight the Fire
Let the firefighters do their job. Just get out of the way of danger.
By following these rules of survival, you can minimize your risks. If you would like to receive additional fire safety information, please give us a call so we can provide you with a Fire Escape Plan from First Alert Professional.