Preparing For and Surviving a Fire in Your Home
by The Survival Woman
This is the
time of year when families are putting up holiday trees and decorations
as well as candles and other goodies that will provide their homes
with a warm and inviting ambiance. Something I have not seen
mentioned in the prepping world is fire prevention – especially
as it relates to prepping your home so it will not go up in smoke
Today I share
with you some tips for preventing a fire in your home along with
some tips for surviving a home fire.
are a Problem
Fires are a
problem, more so than commonly known Almost 4,000 people die
annually from fires in the United States and about a third of those
deaths are from home fires.
of home fires are cooking, baseboard and space heating, careless
smoking, electrical malfunctions and arson. Even more surprising
is that most fires are human-caused and are preventable, while only
a small percentage of fires are actually due to natural acts such
So how does
a fire start? Three elements in a just right combination are
required: heat, fuel and oxygen. When these three elements
are in place and combustion occurs, given a good source of fuel,
a home can be destroyed in very short period of time.
Think of this
scenario: a dry evergreen tree, a space heater nearby connected
to a mis-wired or rounded electrical outlet and a bit of air from
an open window. It does not take long to imagine the disaster
that is waiting to happen.
So what can
you do now to prevent a fire from occurring in your home? Well,
there are no guarantees and accidents do happen, but hopefully these
suggestions will insure that you have a safe holiday season without
fear that a fire will destroy your home and precious belongings.
for Preventing a Fire in Your Home
Learn how to
prevent fires in and around your home. Common fire causes include:
cooking, smoking, heaters, candles, electrical, arson, and children
playing with fire.
detectors on every level of your home and inside and outside
every bedroom. Most fatal fires happen at night while you’re sleeping
and you will not smell the smoke.
heaters when you go to bed at night or leave your home for any period
Have a fire
extinguisher available and know when and how to use it. The
minimum recommended size is 2A:10BC.
Plan and physically
practice a home escape plan as part of your family disaster plan.
Plan two ways out of every room and practice how to safely exit
each room in the event of a fire.
Do not block
room exits with furniture or excess clutter
ladders for stories above the first level and make sure you
practice using them.
outside meeting place so everyone in your family knows where to
meet once you are outside. This place should be far enough
away to keep you out of danger but close enough that firefighters
can account for you.
If you live
in an multiple-family residence or assisted living facility, learn
what the emergency evacuation procedures are for your complex. Make
sure you are familiar with the building’s fire protection systems,
what they sound like, how they activate, and what to do if the alarm
Be sure to
plan for family members with special needs who may require assistance.
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