While there are definitely things you can do to minimize the risk of your home catching on fire, there’s no way to completely guarantee that it won’t ever happen.
So the best thing you can do is prepare. That way, you and yours will know exactly what actions to take if the unimaginable suddenly becomes your reality.
Read on to learn some tips about what to do if there’s a fire in your house. Knowledge is power so take a moment to empower yourself with what could end up being life-saving recommendations.
The best case scenario will see you and yours execute an exit plan if there’s a fire in your house. When everyone is accounted for and safe, you can then contact the police and fire department to tend to the fire. Unfortunately, there are situations where a fire run amok might make a clean exit difficult, if not impossible. In such cases, the tips below will come in useful until help arrives.
Test the Doors
If you are in a room when you notice that your house is on fire, you should check the door. Do not open the door if the handle is hot. Instead, seek to exit from a window if you can do so safely.
Block the Smoke
When it comes to fire, the smoke is actually a greater threat to human life than is the actual fire since most people who perish in such situations actually die of smoke inhalation. So be sure to use something like a sheet or towel to cover the bottom portion of your doors. This will help to keep smoke from entering rooms if you find yourself unable to make a quick escape from your home.
Stay as close to the ground as possible even if it means crawling around on your belly. The reason this is important is that, one, the closer you are to the ground, the less intense the heat is likely to be and, two, the closer you are to the ground, the cleaner the air will be. You’ll be able to stay alert until help arrives.
Open the Windows
If possible, open the windows to let in fresh air, which can reduce the risks associated with smoke inhalation. Being visible from a window will also make it easier for rescuers, like firemen, to get to you if you’re unable to get out of your burning home on your own.
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