Most people are aware that if a fire starts anywhere in their home, it would immediately be dangerous, and that they should probably vacate the home. However, they are probably not aware that if they don’t get out of the house within two minutes, it could cost them their lives.
If a a fire starts in a home, it can start to spread so quickly that in many cases it is impossible to escape. If the fire occurs at night when you are asleep, you will probably perish without awakening from smoke inhalation.
The best way that a family can protect itself from fire is to first of all, install smoke alarms. If you are unsure about the correct fire safety measures to take in your home, you can always hire a fire risk assessor to carry out a fire risk assessment of your property. Smoke travels faster and farther early in a fire than the actual flames do. It is smoke that is inhaled that quickly replaces all of the oxygen in a person respiratory system which causes them to fall into unconsciousness, which in most cases proves fatal.
With smoke alarms, the sleeping victims have a chance to wake up and get out of the house quickly. Every family should have a planned escape route that they have practiced, just as you did in school when your were a child. If everyone is aware of what to do when the smoke alarms go off, then the outcome can be a good one.
Have an assigned point outside where everyone will meet, once they are outside of the house. That way it will be easy to account for everyone when they arrive. This is especially true for larger families, where people sleep in different parts of the house.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, inside of bedrooms and just outside of sleeping areas, so as to make the alarm signal loud enough to awaken anyone. The smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month.
Precautions should be taken while living as a family in the house, and situations that could cause a fire should be addressed and communicated to each member of the family.
For example, never leave any food that is being cooked on the stove. It doesn’t matter if flammable material is nearby or not. Funny things happen when things are left unattended, so follow rules that may turn out to be hazardous if someone should walk by and change the conditions.
Never leave anything that could catch on fire near a space heater, as clothing or paper could catch fire easily in its vicinity.
Never, absolutely never smoke in bed, or in any other position such as on a recliner, where you may fall asleep, and have something catch on fire.
Continually talk to your children about fire danger and fire safety, and how lighters and matches can be dangerous. Keep these items out of reach of small children.
When you leave a room or go to bed at night, turn portable heaters off.
Be sure that you do testing of the smoke alarms on a regular basis and the entire family knows what the alarms sound like.
Make certain that all family members know at least two ways out of the house from their bedrooms, or from any other room that they might be in if a fire should start.
You and your family should practice crawling out of your house at least twice a year, because down low on the floor is the clearest air if your house is full of smoke.
Never leave candles burning if you are going to leave a room. Candles that are not in any kind of container can burn unevenly and catch table clothes and surrounding curtains on fire.
Precaution and preparation are the name of the game and the more you do of each will make you and your family much safer in the event of a fire in your home.