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How to Get Out: Steps for a Fire Escape Plan | SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton & Fayette

11/30/2023 (Permalink)

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The thought of suffering a house fire can send a shiver up any homeowner’s spine. The danger, the damage and the sheer overwhelming experience is something no one should have to endure, but unfortunately, thousands of house fires happen across the country every year.

Since house fires cannot be completely prevented, you have to have a reliable way of getting out of your home at a moment’s notice. Creating a fire escape plan with your family can help keep everyone safe during the unexpected.

The Plan Creation  

Take the time to draw out an accurate map of your home on a piece of paper, including all of the windows and doors. Have your kids go from room to room and point out all of the exit points, and show them how to open the windows in each room. That may seem irresponsible to do, but it is  a necessary skill for your kids to know during a true emergency. 

Just be sure to reinforce the idea that windows should never be played with. Once you have the exits identified, go outside and choose a central meeting location that is far enough away to be safe but easy enough to get to by all members of your family.

If you live in an apartment, you also need to have a plan, but yours should include the directions on where the stairs are located and how to quickly access the fire escape. Walk through your hallway to identify these areas and make sure your kids know not to use the elevator in a fire. 

Putting It Into Action   

Here comes the fun part for your kids! Practicing your escape plan can keep a serious conversation light-hearted while also reinforcing these concepts for your kids. Simulate a regular day in your household and then push the test button on your smoke alarm to get the game in action. Have your kids practice getting out of whatever room they are in the fastest.

As they exit their rooms, encourage them to get down on their hands and knees to crawl down the hall. Explain the dangers of fire smoke and why it is important to not breathe it in. Once everyone is safely outside, explain how to call 911 and what to tell the dispatcher when they answer. 

Taking Care of You

House fires can create serious and often overwhelming emotions. The adrenaline you experience during the emergency will start to wear off and you will see the damage you are faced with after the fire is out. Our team understands the sensitive nature of house fire recovery, so lean on us to help you overcome this devastating situation. 

Our team will work hard to save as many of your possessions as possible and we will clean upholstery, drapes and even fragile keepsakes to the best of our ability. Once your space is clean and sanitized, we will rebuild and restore your damaged home. We can even handle any demolition that needs to happen before rebuilding rooms or walls. We will make sure your house fire quickly becomes a distant memory.

Suffered a house fire? Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton & Fayette right away.

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