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Only You Can Escape House Fires.

September 26, 2019 | Rachel Evans

Would you be ready?

October is Fire Safety Month, As the temperatures cool down and the leaves crisp up – the potential for fire hazards increases. 

Think about all the dry corn stalks or hay bales you decorate your home with – not to mention further into the season when we have incredibly flammable Christmas trees in homes. 

 

In light (bad pun?) of Fire Safety Month, the Phoenix team came up with their own “preparedness” plans. We got together and decided on what would be the best course of action during flood, tornado, and fire. 

 

Follow our helpful tips below to set your plan for when the smoke alarm starts ringing.

Smoke Alarms

These are your best friends when it comes to keeping your home from going up in smoke. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur due to a lack of smoke detectors or nonfunctional smoke detectors in the home. They go on to say that people in homes without smoke alarms are more than twice as likely to die than people with smoke detectors didn’t sound. Make sure that your detectors are not only installed but have been tested about once every month. 

 

 “Hear the beep, where you sleep!” As a rule of thumb, smoke detectors should be located in every room where someone sleeps. 

Fire Extinguishers 

Much like the smoke detector, when it comes to Fire extinguishers, it’s all location, location, location. Below are the ideal places to have these handy tools in your home.

Kitchen–these are where more than half of home fires start, so having a fire extinguisher located here is a must. 

Master Bedroom–many fires happen during the overnight hours, so keeping an extinguisher in an easy-to-grab spot near your bed is a great idea.

Garage–If your garage is anything like mine, it not only protects my car from the elements but also doubles as a storage facility. This additional clutter makes for a perfect spot for fires to start, so having an extinguisher near the garage door is a great idea.

While fire extinguishers are high at containing small fires, and this may go without saying if the fire is beginning to engulf an entire room, you should exit immediately! Leave the rest up to the professionals! 

 

Have an Escape plan. 

The final step in your fire preparedness process is the actual creation of your escape plan. For this step, there are many things to consider, but we have laid out a few key elements to keep in mind. 

-Pull everyone in your home and make/memorize your plan. Make sure everyone involved is aware of all possible exits. For households with children, it may be beneficial to draw a floor plan that highlights all windows and doors. 

-Once you have your plan of how to escape, the next step is to find a “meeting spot” outside. Have everyone help in deciding where this spot. This spot will act as a place to get a headcount to make sure no one is still inside. 

– Practice! We suggest at least once a month, around the same time you check your smoke detectors! 

 

 If practicing this plan with children, make sure to remind them that in the event of a fire, never, under any circumstance, go back inside the house to retrieve anything or anyone! 

 

Do you have a fire safety plan in place? What course of action would you need to take?