Top 4 Ways to Prevent and Prepare for a House Fire
Written by: Jannelle Buguis, Edited by: Jekelyn Nisola
Fire is dangerous! It can destroy your house and all your possessions in less than an hour. It can even put your life at risk. But before a fire breaks out, let us help you protect your home and keep you and your family safe from harm. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Below are some things you can do to prevent and prepare for a house fire:
Have a plan (Don’t panic)
In case of fire, always remember that being hysterical will not help you to put off the fire. Instead, stay calm, look for a path to safety, and call for help immediately. Remember that everything can be replaced except your life.
Inside the house, make sure that every family member knows the different doors or exit points from every room. Let your kids practice what to do in the event of fire such as climbing out of the window, dropping a ladder, or crawling around the floor—to simulate crawling under a cloud of smoke. This activity shouldn’t scare them; make it as much fun as possible. The most important thing is to let them know what must be done in case of fire. Also, tell them the meeting place where your family should gather.
Don’t overload your extension cord
One of the most common causes of fire is octopus wiring. Let’s be smart by making sure to never plug too many appliances and electronic gadgets into a single power outlet. Although there are plenty of power plug adapters that allow for multiple plugs to be used in one outlet, make sure you don’t overload your power supply. Please be careful and responsible.
Keep candles out of reach of children
Children can play rough that’s why don’t allow these kids to have access to candles in their bedrooms. Also, don’t put a candle near anything that might catch fire and never leave a burning candle unattended. Always make sure you put out the candle when leaving the room, even for a very short time. If you have a fireplace in your house, make sure the fire is out before you leave the premises.
Remember the PASS: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the trigger, and Sweep from side to side.
Fire Safety Guide: (Steps to protect yourself and family)
If you’re in the path of a fire, get out immediately without trying to save any material possession. Again, remember that everything can be replaced except your life.
If your clothes catch fire, remember TO STOP, DROP, and ROLL.