There are more than 1 million fires that take place in American homes every year. Unfortunately, those fires lead to upwards of 15,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths annually. If your home ever sustains a fire, you should know how to react to keep your family safe. Here’s what you should do if a fire ever starts.
Resist the urge to panic.
Freaking out when a fire starts in your home is a natural reaction, but it’s not going to help the situation. Instead of panicking, you should spring into action and use the adrenaline rush you’ll receive to get out of your home as quickly as you can. You should also alert others to the presence of the fire as soon as you notice it.
Use a predetermined escape plan to evacuate.
While you’re exiting your home, you should use the predetermined escape plan you and your family should have in place to leave. You should come up with the plan as soon as you move into your home and stick to it. It will ensure everyone makes it out safely in a timely fashion.
Stay low to the ground while making your way out.
When a fire starts inside of a home, it will send smoke billowing through it. This smoke can cause more health complications than the fire itself. You should stay low while leaving your home since the air near the floor is usually cleaner than the air towards the ceilings in your home. It will allow you to avoid much of the smoke from the fire.
Meet up with your family outside and call 911 immediately.
Once you get out of your home, you should do a quick count to make sure everyone is accounted for. You should also call 911 as quickly as you can to get a fire department out to your home right away. If they’re able to get there quickly enough, they can put the fire out before it spirals out of control.
Fires in homes can start and spread quickly. You should have fire alarms and smoke detectors installed and maintain them so that you know right away if a fire ever starts in your home. It’ll increase your chances of getting out of your home unscathed. Call us at 888-557-0558 to order the fire safety products we have in stock.