Fire Evacuation is important for residents all the way south of Pembroke Pines to north of Las Olas and beyond
A Fire Evacuation is last thing most of us expect in our own home. An extreme event like a house fire seems unlikely, but the truth can be terrifying. We see events like this on TV, or hear about them word of mouth and never really think they can happen to us. In fact, these types of events are more common than you may think. There were 365,500 house fires in 2015 alone!
Prevention is key for a Fire Evacuation Plan
Keep up to date fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing them in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping room and on every level of the home.3
If a fire does occur, a few seconds can make a big difference to help you and your family escape swiftly and safely.
Tips if a fire occurs:
- Plan for everyone and involve them in the process. Take into account the special needs of everyone in your household, including young children and elderly family members who may not be very mobile. Children remember to react more often when they were involved in the process in the first place.
- Find multiple ways out. Visit each room of your house and find ways out, including windows and doors. Make sure they all open easily. You may find it useful to install emergency release devices on any exits to help get through more easily.
- Choose a meeting spot. Decide on a meeting place outside, such as a neighbor’s house, mailbox or stop sign. It should be in the front of the house so emergency responders can see you when they arrive. Agree not to go back into the house after you leave. Your life is worth more than what can be restored.
- Have a backup plan. If the planned exit routes are blocked and it’s not possible to leave the house, close all doors between you and the fire. Place a towel under the door and go to an exterior-facing window. Call the fire department to report your location.
- Practice regularly. Practice and review the plan regularly.
With a smart and well thought-out plan in place, you can be one step ahead of the unexpected when you may not have the time or ability to think things through.
Safety should be your main priority when considering a Fire Evacuation Plan
After the fire passes, authorities come and the scene is cleared, call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to support you in your time of need.
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