Do you know what to do in the event of a house fire? Most people think of fire emergencies as something that only happens to other people. It can often seem that way, right up until tragedy strikes. Make sure that you’re prepared if you ever find yourself in this dire situation.
Make a Plan
Before disaster hits, your family should have an emergency plan. Knowing what to do in the event of a house fire will help you to keep your cool and ensure that everyone stays safe. Here are a few things you can do now to make sure you and your family are prepared:
Make sure that there are at least two ways out of each room. This can include a door or a window.
Set a destination for all family members to meet once they escape the house fire.
Equip your home with fire safety ladders, working fire detectors, and fire extinguishers.
Teach children about the dangers of fire and how to stay safe when caught in a burning home.
Practice exiting the home safely by doing fire drills.
During a House Fire
If you are ever caught in a house fire, the first thing you should do is alert others in the house. Then, try to safely exit the structure. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
If there is a lot of smoke, crawl low to the ground. Smoke rises to the ceiling, so the air towards the ground will be clearer and easier to breathe.
Before opening a door, feel the wood of the door with the back of your hand. If the wood is not hot and there is not smoke pouring into the room from under the door, then it is safe to pass through the door.
Do not return to the home to rescue valuables. A fire can engulf a room within a few minutes, so it’s best to stay outside the home where it’s safe.
What to Do If You Are Trapped
There are occasions where a fire has blocked all exits from a room in the home. In this case, it’s best to stay put and flag down first responders when they arrive. While you are waiting, you can block vents and doorways with tape, towels, or bedding to keep smoke from entering the room. If you are stuck in a room on the ground floor and cannot open the window, you can try breaking the window with a heavy object, placing a towel over the broken glass, and safely crawling through.
Call Your Insurance Company
You’ll have to talk to your insurance agent after a house fire to assess the damage, but you can also call them during the fire for assistance. Watch this family’s account of their house fire and the insurance agent who helped them through it:
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