How Can You Protect Your Family In The Event Of A Home Fire?
A Prepper’s home is his castle and in many cases it is also one of the main locations that is fully stocked and outfitted for all types of disasters. But have you prepared your home for the number one & most realistic threat to residential homes in America? Fire. Protecting your family from home fires is essential and many people know the basics of how to ensure that their homes are safe. Yet, thousands of home fires claim lives and property every year in the United States so it is important that you know not only the basics but more detailed actions that you can take to protect your home and family.
House Fire Basics
The very first thing that you should do to cover the basics is of course have at least one fire extinguisher on each level of the home. Also make sure you have fire and smoke detectors placed throughout the home in accordance with the building codes in your area. Beyond that is to have a monitored alarm system installed. Next make sure to have an emergency egress ladder for each bedroom on the second floors. Be sure to check that all windows are function and that the occupant of each room can open them if they are old enough.
Whether you are using traditional smoke alarms or a more advanced system, early warning is the best way to ensure that your home and family are protected. There are a number of systems on the market today that are very affordable and will help you to ensure that you know early on if a fire has started in your home. Some of these systems will alert not only you and your family but the fire department in your area as well. Early detection is crucial in protecting your loved ones and a monitored home security system can be one of the best things that you can do for your home and family.
Family Planning And Training
If and when a fire is detected in your home, it is imperative that you try to remain calm so that you can get everyone out of the house. Family planning is important where home fires are concerned. You should have planned an escape route and everyone in your home should be aware of this route so that they can get outdoors as quickly and as easily as possible. The best way to practice this plan is an unannounced fire drill in the middle of the night. There is no substitute for realistic training!
While exiting the home it is also important that you try to breathe in as little smoke as possible. Many deaths that result from home fires are actually caused by smoke inhalation. This smoke can be toxic and can cause you to quickly become disoriented. If there is heavy smoke, stay close to the floor. Crawl to your exit if possible and hold your shirt or another piece of fabric over your mouth and nose while doing so. There are many different brands of fire escape & smoke inhalation prevention products available to reduce your chances of smoke inhalation as well. Again training with the product is important and should not be overlooked.
If you find that your escape routes are blocked by flames or smoke, get everyone in the home to one room and stick together. Choose a room that has a window if possible so that you can open the window in order to call for help or at the very least, in order to keep cleaner air accessible while help arrives. If you can crawl through the window, do so (Use the egress ladder discussed above as well). Close the door to the room and seal the gap under the door with fabric of some sort. Using curtains, bedding or anything that you can do keep the smoke from entering that room. A roll of extra wide Gorilla Duct tape stored in each bedroom closet will also help make sealing the door off quick and easy.
If you have a home alarm system with monitoring, your local fire department will be alerted of the fire and help should be on its way. Remember to keep everyone together until help arrives if you are unable to exit the home. This cuts down on the Fire Fighters search time and makes rescue for all much more likely. When you see the fire department arrive make sure to make plenty of noise and do your best to get their attention so they know exactly where you are at. In these situations, it is always a good idea to have a system that provides monitoring. If a fire is detected and the monitoring service is alerted, they will attempt to contact you at your home. If you are unable to answer the phone, the fire department will be alerted, which can save valuable time and help you to ensure that your family receives help quickly.
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