How to be Ready for a Fire
While it's important to take steps to keep your Southern Cuyahoga County home safe by preventing fires, sometimes it's just out of your control, and in those instances, you need to already have a plan in place. Here are five things you can do to be ready should there be a fire in your home.
- Maintain Your Smoke Alarms Properly
This includes making sure your smoke alarms are in the proper places, have fresh batteries, and are tested at least once a month to make sure they are ready to alert you in case of danger.
- Ensure You Have an Exit Plan
Everyone in your house should be aware of every way they can escape from the home. It is important to have at least two methods so that if a fire is blocking one way, everyone knows an alternative route. Make sure everyone in your household can recite the exists from memory.
- Have Emergency Contacts
It is important to have an emergency contact to call if you or a member of your family is separated during the fire. It is especially important for kids to memorize the phone number of a neighbor, or a family member who lives close by who can look after them should they become separated.
Practice makes perfect, and during a real fire emotions or panic can make it difficult to think. That's why it's important to run drills every four to six months, so that, in the event of a fire, everyone knows what to do without having to think about it.
- Calling 911
Make sure everyone in the family knows to call 911 and can recite their address so the first responders can get there as soon as possible.