Some things in life you can anticipate while others are a complete surprise. When you know that you have a particular situation on the horizon you can adequately plan for it. Having a baby is an excellent example of this. You have 9 months to prepare your home and your family for the addition to your family. Other circumstances take us by complete surprise. Having your home catch on fire is a great example of this. People clearly do not anticipate that their home will catch on fire. When it happens many people panic and simply do not know what to do. Today Disaster Services is going to help you know what to do if this unfortunate event happens to you.
How Do I Make a Fire Plan for My House?
One thing that you can do preventatively is have an emergency escape plan. Many families will have a family night where they will walk through what everyone should do if the house is ever on fire. This will include having an emergency meeting place that everyone knows how to get to. If you have talked to your family about how to safely get out of your home in case of a fire you are already ahead of the game.
Fire Extinguisher Ready for Home Use
Every home should have a fire extinguisher in it. If you do not currently have a working fire extinguisher in your home you should go to your local home improvement store now and purchase one. If you see a small fire start you may be able to put it out completely with a fire extinguisher. If you are not able to put the fire out evacuate immediately.
Evacuate in Case of Fire
If your family needs to evacuate due to a house fire you will want to do so as quickly as possible. Your family may already be aware of a fire because the smoke detectors are blaring. Sometimes your smoke detectors do not actually go off though and you will need to sound an alert for your family. Scream and yell as loud as you can to get your family moving outside to your emergency meeting place.
Call 911 if You See Fire
After you are safely out of your home call 911 immediately. Do not stop and do this while you are still inside your home. You may have neighbors rushing out that can take care of this step for you. Do not assume that someone else called 911. You will want the fire department to get to your house as soon as possible to put out the fire.
Stay Out of Burning Home
Once you are safely out of your home DO NOT go back inside for any reason! If you believe there are family members or pets inside the home still let the fire department take care of it. They have the equipment and skills to safely evacuate your home. People die every year from reentering their home once they have already safely gotten outside during a fire.
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If you follow the steps outlined above you are giving your family the best possible chance of making it safely out of your home in the event of a house fire. After the fire has been put out, you will need to have the damage assessed. In the case of smaller fires you may not be looking at having to rebuild anything but in any case, you will need fire and water damage restoration. Disaster Services can come out and help you with this process. We have the tools and expertise to help get your home safe and clean for your family to live in again after a house fire whether you need minor repair or extensive rebuilding. Contact us today!