Creating Your Family’s Fire Emergency Plan | SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties
It may be hard to think about, but house fires happen every day across the country. Even if you do everything right and practice fire prevention as best you can, accidents happen and fire can spread quickly.
That is why it is important for you to create a fire emergency plan with your family and ensure everyone understands every detail. In the event of a fire, your family should be able to react quickly and efficiently in order to seek safety.
We explain how to create your family’s fire emergency plan below, so read on to get some great tips.
Go Over Escape Routes
If a fire breaks out in your main living area, chances are that there is a door close by that you could escape into. It won’t always be that easy, however.
Go through your house as a family and discuss each room as a group. Identify all of the exits and how to reach them quickly, and explain to your children how to open the windows in an emergency situation.
You should also go outside as a group and agree on a safe meeting location that everyone should gather at once outside. Ensure it is a safe distance away from your home, so consider a neighbor’s front yard or your mailbox across the street.
From there, do a practice evacuation! Even simply going through the scenarios once can help your children react faster in an emergency situation. You can even make a game out of it if you are trying to keep it light-hearted and less scary for your little ones.
Getting Out Safely
No matter how a fire starts, house fires can get out of control in minutes. If you are in the same room when the fire breaks out, find the nearest exit and call 911 as soon as you can.
The longer you stay in the room, the more the flames and smoke will grow and become more dangerous. Did you know that the smoke that fire produces is just as dangerous as the flames themselves?
Fire smoke contains toxic gas that can make you drowsy and disoriented. Even only a few deep breaths of the smoke can make you go unconscious. Stay low to the ground, and crouch or crawl out of your home if you have to.
Including SERVPRO in Your Plans
One of the most important parts about recovering from a house fire is choosing who will help you with your restoration. For us, we think the choice is easy!
Call us at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties for a fast and thorough recovery. We specialize in fire damage restoration, and we can ensure that your home is returned to its preloss state quickly and efficiently.
We work hard to remove debris and clean soot from every inch of your home. After your space is clean, we can employ our deodorizers to remove the smell of smoke, and then we can get to work on your restoration. When we are done, you would never know your home suffered a fire! Call us to get the job done right.
Let SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties help you recover after a house fire. Call us today.