Fire preparedness is an important part of home and family safety. Anyone can become a victim of a home fire, and it’s one of the leading causes of death for young people. As such, every home should have a plan for emergency response, as well as the means to contain and extinguish any damage caused by a fire.
The first step in preparing for a fire is to develop a plan. A plan is a written, specific sequence of actions that can be used in case of emergency. A plan should be written in detail and should contain emergency contact information such as a list of local fire departments, emergency contacts, and emergency numbers.
Fire alarms are essential in protecting your home and emergency supplies. Many modern alarms will even notify you if there is smoke, which can help you quickly put out a fire. Many basic alarms include a smoke detector, a battery back-up, and a sprinkler head that activate water if the air is wet.
In addition to a basic fire alarm system, each home should also have an intercom system. This allows you to communicate with emergency personnel easily. It will also give them access to the house, helping to avoid delays in their getting to you.
Another important element of home and family preparedness is the preparation of the surrounding area for fire. Ensure that all flammable items and areas are securely sealed and vented, to prevent a spread of the fire. The flames should not spread to other objects that could ignite, such as paper, cloth, or clothing.
When the fire has been brought under control, it is best to avoid the house entirely. Avoid using materials that catch fire easily, such as paper and lint. The best thing to do is turn off all electrical appliances in the house (unless instructed otherwise) and get everyone out of the house as quickly as possible.
Some homes have a fire suppression system installed to protect against a fire. These systems have a series of fans, some of which blow cold air on the fire, while others pump water into a fire. They can be installed in the attic, anywhere where the woodstove, fireplace, or stove could get in contact with the air.
Many fire proofing systems are designed to withstand strong smoke alarms, and a number of them will blow cold air on a fire to extinguish it. However, it is best to protect the inhabitants from the main fire, instead of only protecting the household possessions. By arming them with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a fire, and ensuring that they are safe, your family will be less likely to get caught in the fire.