Of course we want you to contact us as soon as possible if you should ever have a fire in your home, but the first order of business is to get everyone out of the house as quickly and safely as possible.
The American Red Cross offers these tips:
• Everyone in your household should know two ways to escape from each room in your home.
• Decide where to meet once you get outside.
• If a fire starts, you may have just two minutes to get to safety. So time your fire drills and find out: what’s your escape time?
• Smoke is dangerous. Practice low crawling.
• Teach household members what to do if their clothes catch fire: stop, drop and roll.
Ready.Gov offers these tips on home fires:
Fire is FAST!
There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.
Fire is HOT!
Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire’s heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes, a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.
Fire is DARK!
Fire isn’t bright, it’s pitch black. Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you’ve lived in for years.
Fire is DEADLY!
Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.
It’s always a good idea to have a fire escape plan. you can download a template from the Red Cross to create one for your home. Also, if you have a vacation home, don’t forget to create one for it as well!
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