What to Do if a Fire Breaks Out in Your Home


There are few events as terrifying as when a fire breaks out in your home. Not only will you fear for the safety of your family, but you will also have to deal with the loss of a number of sentimental and valuable possessions. Knowing how to react in this instance can help you to keep the resultant damage to a minimum. Here is what you need to know. 

Have a Fire Escape Plan in Place 
It is so important to create a detailed fire escape plan and ensure that every single family member knows it inside and out. If everybody understands the procedures, getting out of harm’s way should be a quick and straightforward process. 
Once you have created your fire escape plan, endeavor to practice it at least once or twice a year, and even more often than that if your children are still quite young. Ultimately, the number one priority to teach your kids is to get out and stay out. They must know that under no circumstances should they look for anyone or anything, or re-enter the home after escaping the blaze. 
Raise the Alarm 
The moment that you notice even the smallest signs of a possible fire, raise the alarm and shout to the rest of the household. They should then immediately begin to follow the fire escape plan as they have practiced so many times before. 
Get Out 
As mentioned above, the main priority is to get out of the house. Do not try to investigate where the fire has started or what has caused it, and definitely do not try to put it out yourself. Drop to the floor if there is a lot of smoke present and crawl towards the nearest exit, making sure not to open any other doors on your way. Once you are outside, call 911. 
Dealing with the Damage 
Once the fire has been extinguished and the fire safety officer gives you permission to do so, you will be able to re-enter your home and assess the damage caused by the fire. This can often be an emotional time, especially if the damage is extensive. 
Also remember that not all damage will be visible to the untrained eye, hence the reason why it is always advisable to contact a fire damage restoration professional to undertake the fire and smoke damage cleanup. The faster you do this, the better. This is due to the fact that these professionals make use of advanced equipment that can help to restore certain items that may seem completely irreparable at first. The faster they begin the cleanup and restoration, the more items you are likely to be able to recover, and the less money it will cost! 

Ultimately, the most important part of fire safety is ensuring that everyone living with you knows exactly what to do to stay safe and evacuate. That, in conjunction with fire-safe practices, will ensure that your family is protected no matter what.

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