Fire Emergency Plan

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Thousands of people die each year due to incidents that are related to fire. This is especially true in the holiday season when a lot of Christmas lights are installed.

Having a fire emergency plan that has been tried and tested is imperative for every family concerned about the safety of their home and those they love.

A fire emergency plan can be very important for people who live on their own, especially if they are elderly or have disabilities. The number for 911 should be on their cell phones and on the automatic dial of their land phones. If you have a disablility you know you are going to have a problem if an emergency occurs so always be prepared. It can mean the difference between life and death.

Although an emergency plan should be in place, prevention is worth so much more than having to deal with an actual emergency. Because of this, there are a few points to keep in mind when it comes to protecting your home from fire.

Of course, the number one rule for every household is no smoking in bed. In the same line of reasoning, do not put candles by your bed or near drapes. Check your electric outlets and make sure they are not at risk for becoming overloaded and are in good condition.

Do not let electrical cords get buried under your carpeting. If you are a smoker or if someone in the family is, get smoke alarms for every room in the house. Make sure the batteries of your alarms are always working.

Keep lighters and matches out of your children’s reach. Smaller children will play with them no matter how many times you warn them not to.

As this article is mainly concerning the subject, create a fire emergency plan of evacuation for the whole family. Plan out all the different routes you will use in your home to escape fire. Make sure you have a plan A and a plan B.

Teach older children to guide younger children using the different routes. This is especially important if they sleep in the same room. Consider part of your fire emergency plan to include modifying one or two of the first floor windows in such a way that they easily open in case of a fire.

Practice doing a fire drill with the participation of every member of the family. This is true no matter where you live, but is especially pertinent if you live in an apartment building.

People who live in apartment buildings should know where all the fire exits are and check to see if these are still accessible. This is because apartments, especially in tall buildings put you at risk of becoming a victim to a fire that started somewhere else. For instance, if there is faulty electrical wiring in a hallway; the entire building can erupt in flames. Before deciding to live in an apartment, especially one that is in an old building, make sure all the fire safety requirements have been followed including having sprinklers and fire escapes.

Knowing how to protect yourself from fire at all costs and having a fire emergency plan will go a long way in saving not just your own life but the lives of your family.