Did you know that the #1 cause of home fires is stove fires? 40% of all home fires originate at the stove top. Even though a stove fire may be small in size, it can fill a home with smoke very quickly. Smoke inhalation is the #1 cause of fire related deaths.
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before and during a home fire:
Simple things to do to prevent and prepare for a fire:
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are operational
Practice your fire evacuation/exit drill
Designate a meeting place where all family members will meet, so you’ll know who has exited safely and who may be in need of assistance by the Fire Department
Don’t overload wall outlets or power strips
Put glow in the dark tape on doorways, windows and stairs to make them easier to locate in a smoke-filled room
Include 1 week of your medications in your emergency evacuation kit
Take photos or a video of the contents of your home to make the insurance claims process run more smoothly in case you experience a fire, flood or tornado.
If your bedroom is on a 2nd or 3rd floor, consider purchasing a fire escape ladder if you can use it safely.
Make sure family members know how to use a fire extinguisher and where they are stored in the house.
Helpful hints should a fire occur:
If you can do so safely, grab your emergency evacuation kit on your way out the door. Plan to strop, drop and roll if necessary. Exit as quickly as possible.
If you’re in a room with a closed door, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. If the door is hot, don’t open it.
If you’re trapped in a room and can’t exit safely, close the door to minimize the smoke, open the window to get fresh air and wave a towel or piece of clothing out the window to assist fire fighters in identifying your location.
Your first priority is to get out. You can call the fire department from a neighbor’s house once you are safe.