If you are someone who watches Game of Thrones, this week’s episode may have you marveling at the sheer fire-power that a dragon can bestow upon mankind.  One single breath can burn villages, homes, and the lives of many.  Luckily for us, there are no fire-breathing dragons flying around, so their wrath is strictly for the main screen.  However, while we are safe from dragons, the presence of fire does still pose a threat to us, especially to our homes.

Did you know that in the event of a fire in your home, you may have less time to escape than you think? How does two minutes or less to escape your home sound? Scary, right? Especially if you have other loved ones in your home, you want to make sure that everyone gets out quickly and safely.  House fires can start at any given moment, and they escalate at a rapid rate.  Don’t believe me? Check out this video that shows just how fast fire can spread in a home! It is a scary site, but also something that everyone should see in order to fully understands the magnitude of a fire.  Being more aware of what to expect, and creating a plan with your family is key to ensuring that everyone gets out as safely as possible.

In the event of a fire, your best chance at getting out safely is early detection and creating a fire escape plan.  Here are some helpful tips that will help keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Make sure to have smoke detectors installed in every level of your home, making sure that there is one near sleeping areas as well.
  • Perform monthly smoke alarm test to ensure that the batteries are working. Your smoke detector does you no good if the batteries are dead.
  • Talk with your family, and create an escape plan. If you have kids, it is a great idea to have fire drills.  This will help them know exactly what to do, and where to meet up in the event of a fire.
  • Establish an emergency communication plan with your family so everyone knows who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  • If you have younger kids, make sure that everyone knows to call 911, and your address.
  • Don’t forget the basics. Make sure everyone in the house remembers STOP, DROP, and ROLL in the event that their cloths catch fire.
  • It is important to stress to everyone in your household to NEVER go back into the home for anything! Get out safely, and call for help.
  • Keep electrical outlets unplugged when not in use.
  • If you have pets, it is always a good idea to have a slip-leash somewhere easily accessible. Regardless if you have a cat or a dog, if they do not have a collar on, the slip-leash can be a fast way for you to secure your pets and get them out.  Remember, the loud noise of the smoke alarm may frighten them, which is why it is a good idea to get them in the habit of going towards a door to go outside when you test your smoke alarms. This way, when they hear that sound, they will associate it with exiting the house, instead of running and hiding.

Making sure that you are as prepared as possible is instrumental to escaping a traumatic event, such as a fire, safely.  When you are not prepared, it can result in fear taking over, which can lead to decisions that you would normally avoid.  We hope that this blog has given you some useful tips to help you and your family better formulate an evacuation plan in the event of a fire.

Stay Safe,

Lynda Drew

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