Being prepared in case of a fire can not only save your life, but also the lives of others in your home as well. About 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occurred in homes and 37% of these happen in homes without smoke alarms.
The Importance of Smoke Alarms
Installing smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including the basement, is essential so you know about any possible dangers in your home. Many security systems include smoke detectors. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound. When a smoke alarm is activated, react right away. Get out of bed and wrap yourself up in a blanket.
Preparing Children in Case of a Fire
You can’t rely solely on smoke detectors to keep your family safe. In fact, studies show that children are the most likely group to sleep right through a smoke alarm, or wake up after it’s too late to get out. This is because they sleep so much deeper than adults do, but smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are still essential to have in the home. They will likely wake you up and give you a chance to help your children escape to safety.
There are additional steps you can take to keep your family safe in case of a fire.
- Smoke alarm alert devices are available. They produce a loud, mixed low-pitched sound and are activated by the sound of the smoke alarm. These devices and others could help wake children that might not hear or react to smoke alarms.
- Make sure your children know more than one way to escape the house. Go over a secure meeting place outside the home to meet in case your family becomes separated in the event of an emergency.
- Have drills in your home so your children know what alarms sound like and what to do if one goes off.
4 Tips to Help Save Your Life
While children are a vulnerable group, everyone can be in danger in a fire. Here are a few tips that can help save a life during a fire.
- Use the door test. Make sure to test the door to see if it’s hot. If the door is open and preventing you from exiting the room, close it immediately and find an alternative exit.
- Know a second way out. If there is no safe door, go out a window or try to get out that way.
- Stay low to the ground. If there is a lot of smoke and it’s banked up towards the ceiling area, stay lower to the ground. Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases. Protect yourself from smoke inhalation with a T-shirt or rag. Smoke inhalation causes people to become disoriented.
- Have an escape ladder. If you have a two-story home, have an escape ladder that you can throw out in case of a fire.
Is your family prepared to escape a home fire?