You Know the Drill: Creating Fire Escape Plans at Home

Some families are so comfortable in their own homes that they tend to forget that a disaster, most especially fires, can strike any time. Before such a scenario ever happens, you should have already started taking precautionary and safety measures to minimize loss or avoid unwanted situations altogether. This is why fire drills are important.

fireA tiny pinprick of flame can turn into raging and great fires in less than 30 seconds. Imagine what this inferno can do to you and your family. So, it’s best to have a fire plan in place. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when organizing a fire drill at home.

The Extinguisher, providers of fire extinguishers and recharges, recommends teaching every member of the family how to use a fire extinguisher. This is to stall the growth of small fires, such as kitchen fires or accidental burning of cloth or paper. Don’t hide the fire extinguisher; keep it somewhere accessible.

The Exits

Check each room of the home and look for possible exits. Make sure the chosen exits are easy to open and are not susceptible to blockages due to debris or smoke. If you have grills covering the windows, remove them or convert them into something you can easily lock and open.

The Action

Rehearse what each of you will do in case you’re trapped within the fire. Instruct your family members that they have to crawl low beneath the smoke. Do all your best to block the smoke, as it’s actually what may kill you. If you must jump out of the window, do so. But, carry out some measures. Throw soft things to the ground that will serve as the landing, such as clothes or your mattress, if you can still manage. Don’t just jump. Lower your body from the sill to reduce the impact.

The Meeting Place

Talk about your meeting place. It should be somewhere far away from the building. It can be a landmark or a convenience store you and your family members frequent.

Fire drills may look ridiculous while you’re practicing it, but they can do so much to save you and your family. To learn more about how you can keep your family safe during such events, consult your local fire protection bureau.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.