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Fires can be natural or man-made disasters, depending on what originally caused the disaster. Leaked gas or faulty mechanical equipment can create a fire which is considered a man-made disaster. A faulty electrical line can make a fire. Whatever the reason, we must be prepared to control the situation and know what to do before a fire at home. There can be many reasons for a fire break out. Here are some steps that you can follow to save more lives and reduce the damage to your properties. We made a shortlist that you need to know before a fire breaks out in your place.

Know what to Do Before a Fire at Home

  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your building, inside the kitchen, bedroom, and corridor.
  • Test all the smoke alarms every month and change if there are any problems.
  • Discuss with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan once in six months.
  • If a fire occurs in your place, GET OUT from there as soon as possible, STAY OUT of the fire, go to a SAFE DISTANCE, and CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE.
  • Collect an escape ladder if your house has more than one level.
  • Don’t use flammable liquids indoors and never smoke near flammable liquids.
  • Every person in your home must ‘Be careful’ when using heating sources and cooking burners.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children. Those sources of fire must be in a locked cabinet or a high place.
  • Never smoke in bed or sofa. Smokers must use deep sturdy ashtrays. Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before going to bed.
  • Have the electrical wiring in your residence checked by an electrician if there is an issue, fix it.
  • Install fire extinguishers in your place and teach family members how to use those.
Install Smoke Alarms in Houston TX
Installing and Automatic Fire Sprinkler in Houston TX
  • Installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your residence is a smart idea.
  • You can also ask your local fire department to inspect your residence for fire safety and prevention.
  • Find two ways to get out of each room so that you can get out of the room if the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed because it is very difficult to open your eyes and see in black smoke.
  • Teach children not to scare firefighters and co-operate.
  • Replace all smoke alarm units every 10 years or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.
  • Teach your family members to STOP, DROP and ROLL technique if their clothes should catch on fire.