Fire Safety in the Home!
With fire damage remediation being one of our specialties, we have seen our share of tragic home fires. In this block we’d like to discuss a few ways in which you can prevent a fire from occurring in your home. Proper preparation is key in avoiding an event as devastating as a house fire.
Be sure that you have the proper amount of smoke alarms for the size of your home. In addition, you’ll want to regularly test them to be sure they are in proper working condition. Fire alarms are responsible for saving countless lives so make sure to change the batteries when they have expired.
Be sure that all people occupying your home are aware of the locations of the fire alarms. Make sure everyone knows exactly what they sound like so that in the event that they go off nobody is caught off guard or left confused.
Everybody in your home should be informed of how to safely exit each and every room. If there are multiple ways to exit a room, be sure to go over them thoroughly. In addition you’ll want to make sure all occupants of your home are aware of the safest meeting spot to locate each other once the home has been evacuated. There should also be a plan of contact in case loved one’s become separated during the ordeal.
Practice Makes Perfect!
Practice fire drills at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button on your smoke alarm or yell “Fire” and have everyone exit the home as if an actual fire was discovered. While this may seem insignificant, knowing your exit strategy well is a simple way to save your life!
It’s important to teach everyone in the home, especially children, that should they catch fire they must STOP, DROP, and ROLL. This will smother any fire burning on clothing. Make sure everyone also knows how to dial 9-1-1 in case of a fire or any other home emergency.
While we hope we never have to clean up fire damage in your home, should a fire occur, contact us here at SERVPRO of Garden City/Hempstead 24/7! We take pride in arriving on the scene promptly and completing all necessary work in a timely fashion so that your home can return to normal as quickly as possible!