Just Get Out!
It seems to me that there have been an unusually large amount of house fires in my area recently so I thought now would be a good time for a refresher course on fire safety. It can take less than 30 seconds for a small fire to get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. Establishing a fire escape plan (and practicing it on a monthly basis) is not just important, it can be life-saving. When you’re establishing your plan make sure to incorporate the following elements:
- When coming to a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and the frame to make sure the fire isn’t directly on the other side of the door.If the door feels hot, use a secondary exit.If the door is cool, brace yourself against it and open it slowly.
- Don’t waste any precious time trying to save any personal property.Nothing is worth risking your life for.Take the safest exit route and get out!
- If you’re forced to escape through smoke, cover your mouth with a cloth and crawl low under the smoke.
- Have a pre-established meeting place outside of the house where everyone knows to go once they have safely escaped.Have one person go to a neighbor’s house to call the fire department.
- Never, ever go back into a burning building!
- Make sure that disabled or elderly residents are aware of (and practice) the escape plan.These are the most vulnerable members of the household and special attention must be given to them in advance so they know what to do in the event of a fire.
Proper planning may very well be the difference between life and death for you and those you love.