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Preparing Your Family Against Fire

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It is essential for everyone to understand Fire Safety. It includes more than just knowing what to do in case of a fire. You and your family must prepare and prevent to lower the chance of personal injury should the unthinkable happen. Taking the proper precautionary measures is simple once you know what you should be doing.

Smoke Detectors are essential for Fire Safety

It is essential that you change the batteries in your smoke detector every six months. They should be placed next to sleeping rooms. You will also need to make sure that your smoke detector has a carbon monoxide detector with it. If not you need to purchase and install one next to each smoke detector. Carbon monoxide is a tasteless and odourless gas that is undetectable and can be deadly if not detected.

The way that these detectors work is that they detect streams of smoke or gas that you may not be aware of in your sleep. After the deadly gas or smoke is detected, that lets off a loud siren that will alert the entire household that they need to evacuate the house. The siren is usually loud enough to wake you if you are sleeping.

Practice Fire Safety: Exit Routes and Drills

It is a good idea to have a fire safety plan. In this precaution, you should teach children what to do in a fire. They should know exit routes, including windows, and how to use them. In order to escape you should stay low to the ground and crawl to the exit. You want to be low to the floor to get under the smoke. When approaching a door, you should feel the bottom up to the handle and make sure that it is not hot. Should the handle be hot, you should use the secondary exit. A secondary exit could be a window. They should be taught how to open a window or when the appropriate time to smash one would be. Everyone in the family should know where to go to meet after escaping the fire. They should be taught not to reenter a burning building for any reason.

What to do if your clothing catches fire

If your clothes catch fire you should stop, drop, and roll. This is very important to put the fire out and keep burns to a minimum. You want first to cover your face to keep the fire from burning your face. Drop to the ground. Roll all the way over until you complete a full turn. What you are doing is smothering the fire to put it out.

Keeping your family safe during a fire starts with being prepared. Being prepared can make keep your children from panicking and being scared. Keeping a level head can help you to remember exactly what to do. Knowing what to do can keep you from inadvertently making a mistake caused by not knowing the proper procedures. It is essential to teach your children before they face an emergency.

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