Home Safety: Make A Fire Escape Plan
Whether you live in a house or a high rise condo, ensure the family's safety at all times with these eight important tips
In light of the recent East London block apartment fire, the tragedy is a reminder of how easily one's life and home can be lost in the event of a fire. One must be prepared and ready for such an occurence at all times.
Aside from being aware of the common causes of fire in households, you also need to know how to map out a plan when a house fire occurs. To ensure your family's safety, here are some tips that you can consider when creating a fire escape plan for your space. Make sure to share and teach this to everyone in your household.
- Draw a home floor plan and mark all of the visible exits. Make sure that you involve your family members when you draft the sketch so they'll be informed. Click here for more tips on how to understand floor plans.
RL Tip: If you have kids, make your drawing visually appealing so that your kids can understand it quickly. Read up on more safety tips and download a basic fire escape grid here.
- Teach your family members to understand the floor plan. Make sure that the escape routes such as windows can be opened easily, in case heat and smoke block the exits.
- If your windows have key-operated locks, place the keys in an area where it's easily accessible.
- Plan a meeting place outside such as a spot or an open area near your neighbor's house or a street light. Having a meeting place will prevent your kids from getting lost.
Photo from mccoyfire.com.
- List down your city's fire department number so you can call a fire truck immediately.
- Install a smoke detector and fire alarm, if your home does not have one yet. (All condo units should be equipped with one.) When the fire alarm goes off, do not second-guess if it is a drill or not—immediately get out of your house.
- Invest on a fire safety box. Include essentials such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets, and a medicine kit. You can also install smoke alarms in your home to automatically shut down fires. You can purchase these items at major hardware depots like Ace Hardware and True Value. Click here for more fire prevention tips.
- Conduct a quick fire drill at home every month to make sure that everyone's on the same page. Try going through the fire exits and practice meeting at your designated meet-up spot.
NOTE: Article has been updated in light of recent aforementioned events. Photo from safetysupplywarehouse.com.
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