How to Create a Fire Safety Plan for Residential Property
A fire in your home is something you hope will never happen, but if it does, it’s crucial to be prepared. A home fire safety plan could save the life of yourself and those of your family. If you’ve never made a residential fire safety plan, now is the time.
If you have children in your home, it’s also important to keep fire safety measures for your kids in mind, and make sure they know what to do in case of a fire. Here are some basic ideas on how to make a fire safety plan for your home.
- Get a Floor Plan of Your Home
The first step is to get a floor plan of your home and map out all the possible escape routes in case of a fire. Make sure everyone agrees and understands the primary escape route and secondary escape routes. Try to identify two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
- Choose an Outdoor Meeting Place
Make sure everyone knows that in case of an emergency situation requiring escape from the home, there will be an outside meeting place that every family member will come to. It should be someplace close by but far enough away to be out of danger in case of a fire. Make sure everyone understands this is where they go in a fire escape situation, no matter what.
- Make Sure All Family Members Know How to Dial 911
All family members should know how to dial 911 and what they need to tell the dispatcher. Practice the process with your kids — just don’t actually call 911 unless it’s a real emergency.
- Make Sure All Means of Egress Are Free and Clear
Make sure that there are no boxes, furniture or other obstructions blocking one of your exits. All fire escape paths should be clear and easily accessible. The crucial seconds it might take to clear away an obstacle could make all the difference.
- Test the Plan
It may seem silly now, but regular fire drills could save your lives and the lives of your children. Even if they know they are in no actual danger, getting into the habit of following the plan could be crucial in case of a real fire. You can make this a fun activity that will be invaluable in a real emergency situation.
A good fire escape plan is only part of a complete fire safety system for you and your home. If your home is in the Phoenix or Tucson surrounding areas, Titan Alarm can set you up with a variety of reliable fire safety devices, including fire alarms that signal the local fire department, smoke alarms and even sprinkler systems. The time to protect your home and your family from a fire emergency is now, before it happens. To find out more about our fire safety systems and how they can protect you and your family, contact Titan Alarm today.