As a homeowner, nothing is more important than making sure that your family is safe in case of an emergency. One of the most common hazards faced in the home is the risk of a fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there were almost 370,000 household fires in the United States in 2013, leading to 2,755 deaths and 12,000 injuries. In order to feel safe, families need to take the steps necessary to not only prevent fires and protect their families in case a fire does happen.
From planning an escape route to having fire rated doors installed, here are a few things that you can do to make sure that your family can survive a fire in your home:
Have an Escape Plan: It’s easy to think that you’ll know where to go if there’s a fire or other disaster that hits your house. However, if you don’t have a plan, it’s easy to panic in these situations. This is especially true when you are talking about a fire — smoke can make it difficult to see where you are going and certain exits may not be available if the fire is coming from that area.
It’s important that you have a plan in place with your family in case there is a fire. Make sure they know the multiple ways to exit a room and get out of your house. It’s also a good idea to designate a place to meet in case of a fire so you can know that everyone is OK.
Fire Doors: One of the best ways to protect your family in case of a fire is to install fire doors in the interior of your house. These are doors that are made of special materials and are designed to be fire-resistant. These materials can include fiberglass or woods that have a metal core inside. Most residential fire doors are rated to keep fires out for at least 20 minutes, which might be enough time for your family to escape or for the fire department to arrive.
Smoke Detectors: Almost every house has smoke detectors installed that will sound an alarm if smoke from a fire is detected inside. But many families don’t perform regular checks on their fire alarms. It’s a good idea to check to make sure that your alarm has batteries and that it is working properly and does not need to be replaced.