7 Ways You Can Prepare For a Home Fire
If your home comes in contact with a fire, it’s important you know who to contact: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Fire damage can wreak havoc on your contents, valuables, memories, home, and more. It can cause mounds of stress. Thankfully, the heroes at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties are here to help you alleviate some of that stress. We are there, in your time of need, to restore your contents and to make your residential property look “Like it never even happened” as a result of a fire. Here are seven ways you can prepare for a home fire.
1. Install Smoke Alarms
Install multiple smoke alarms in your home. This can be a big lifesaver. Ideally, place a smoke alarm in every room of your home. Tip: Test smoke alarms once a month. Furthermore, replace batteries twice a year.
2. Educate Children
It’s key that every member, especially children, in your home knows exactly what to do in the event of a fire. Educate children on what smoke alarms sound like. And, more importantly, educate them on what to do once they hear it sound off. Education is key here.
3. Plan Multiple Egress Routes
Do you have multiple egress routes in place should a fire break out? Communicate with your family about an egress route. It’s a great idea for you to plan multiple egress routes from every room of your residential property. Ensure each member of the family knows the agreed meeting place.
4. Establish a Family Emergency Communications Plan
Establish a family emergency communications plan. Each member of your family needs to know who to contact, especially if he or she gets separated for some reason or another. It’s good practice to program an ICE (in case of emergency) in your young children’s phone, or encourage children to program it in their phone.
5. Practice Escape Route
Practice escape route from your home. It’s a good idea to practice your escape route, at minimum, twice per year. Practice makes perfect. You can either press the smoke alarm test button or yell “fire.” Run through the entire fire procedure to ensure everyone does it properly, has it down-packed.
6. Ensure Everyone Knows 9-1-1
This may seem minute, but it’s a very vital piece. Ensure everyone knows 9-1-1. Teach children this at an early age, but emphasize to them it’s to be called for emergency purposes only.
7. Reinforce Stop, Drop, Roll Safety Procedure
It’s always good to be prepared. Well before a fire hits your home, it’s good practice to reinforce the stop, drop, roll safety procedure. Kids are taught this in schools, but it’s a good extension to teach it in homes as well. Reinforce this at your home. And let them know, should their clothes catch fire, remember to stop, drop and roll.
Before you have a fire at your residential property, you can reference these 7 ways you can prepare for a home fire. It all boils down to being prepared. Preparation is key. And if a fire strikes your home, you should always count on your local #1 fire damage repair and restoration specialists: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.” Here’s another number you should program in your phone: 573-339-1948. Make the call anytime.