It’s probably been a while since you’ve considered a fire plan for your home, or maybe you have one but it’s not something you go through regularly with your family. Here are some quick tips for home fire safety, and your home fire plan.
Close all doors at night. There is a trend amongst new parents to come up with all these little life hacks to make parenting easier. One such thing is the little patch of fabric on elastics that goes over the door latch so you can slide silently in and out of the baby’s room during naps. An open or unfastened door allows a fire to spread more quickly and will speed the rate at which smoke can gather in a space. Closed doors buy you time to escape or be rescued.
Have a rope ladder. Every room should have one to allow for quick escapes by all. Teach everyone how to use it and secure it.
Keep baking soda at hand. In the case of small fires or grease fires in the kitchen, having baking soda for smothering is essential. Keep it somewhere you can get at immediately.
Smoke alarms. Test them and replace batteries yearly.
Fire starters. Keep all matches and lighters in a safe and secure place. Do not leave candles unattended and do not store any accelerants or potentially dangerous (explosive) canisters (cleaning products) near a source of heat.
Have a plan. If you don’t have an emergency plan in place for your home, make one. Make sure you explain it to your children and that everyone knows their job as soon as they hear a fire alarm go off. Make a visual map of the home with clearly marked exit strategies and store a copy in everyone’s room.