Plan Before Fire Strikes
Fire can happen to anyone. The threat is universal and sometimes with the littlest provocations. However, as a Malay Proverb says, “Prepare the umbrella before it rains.” It is essential to follow proper guidelines in preparation for the eventuality of a fire.
Three Ways to Plan Before Fire Strikes
A clear and well-understood fire escape plan is critical. Having a plan eliminates confusion and decision paralysis that might occur in the heat of an emergency. A few essential components of such a plan include:
- Make sure windows are easy to open up from the inside.
- Know your way around instinctively. Practice feeling around the house in a blindfold or the dark.
- Ensure children understand to cooperate with firefighters and know where to go should a fire arise.
The earlier you know there’s a fire, the better your chances of surviving.
- Install smoke alarms. Every area of the house should have a fire alarm.
- Have a schedule to check and replace the batteries in all alarms
- Have a plan to test and replace the alarm units.
- Never disable a smoke alarm (not even when cooking).
- Have smoke alarm options for people with accessibility needs. The alarm should also trigger sounds, strobe/flashing lights.
These are extra steps to minimize potential losses and ensure all preparation does not go to waste.
- Create digital copies of relevant documents. Backup these copies to a secure cloud-based service (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.).
- Learn to use and maintain a fire extinguisher. Contact a certified authority such as the fire department.
- Consider an automatic fire sprinkler.
- Ensure your home is not a fire hazard. Keep your home in top safety conditions.
Proper preparation is vital in determining how disastrous a fire hazard would be to you.