Fire Prevention And Preparation Guidelines
At Certi-Dry, we know how overwhelming fires can be, and with our experience in fire damage restoration, we see many people struggle with knowing how to respond. We want to share some of the fire prevention and preparation guidelines from the American Red Cross with the homeowners in Madison so that they can help protect their families and property from fires.
If you have experienced a fire in your home in Madison, Certi-Dry is here for you. The damage from a fire extends well beyond the heat of the flames. You can rely on our skilled fire damage professionals to actively work to mitigate damage and completely restore your property to its pre-loss condition so that all you have to worry about is keeping your family and loved ones safe.
- Teach fire safety measures to children and all members of the household. Methods such as ‘stop, drop, and roll’ will help if clothing catches on fire, and teaching everyone to get low when escaping a fire to avoid smoke inhalation may save someone’s life. These methods are tried and true to help avoid the dangers of fire, so be sure that everyone is aware of them. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home, and be sure that all household members know where they are located and how to work them (pull, aim, and sweep).
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach from children, and talk to them regularly about the dangers of fire. Keep flammable items at least 3 feet away from anything that gets hot. Turn portable heaters off whenever you leave the room. Never leave a candle burning unattended. Use extreme caution while cooking in the kitchen. Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords, and make sure to replace frayed wiring.
- Install smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can cut the risk of fatalities from a fire in half. The National Fire Alarm Code requires smoke alarms in every level of the home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. You should test your smoke alarms at least once a month, and be sure to keep batteries fresh and replaced. Teach everyone in the home or building what the alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one go off.
- Have a fire escape plan, and practice the plan routinely. Ensure that everyone in the house knows the fire escape plan. An effective escape plan should have two ways to escape from every room, and a designated safe meeting place outside of the home or building. For a fire escape plan to work, it must be practiced. Have fire escape drills periodically (at least twice a year) so that everyone is aware of what to do, and will be able to respond appropriately to ensure everyone gets out safely.
- Designate a safe meeting place outside the home, and establish an emergency communications plan to ensure that all members of the household know who to contact if they cannot find one another. Use a nearby neighbor, and make sure that the emergency contact is aware of their role. Then, be sure that everyone knows to alert 911 emergency services as soon as possible following a fire. Fires are hectic, so having a designated place and person to report to will help provide a little more control amidst the confusion.