In case of fire...
No one wants to think about a fire happening in their home. However, it is important to be prepared and know what to do in case a fire does break out.
According to the American Red Cross, there are several points you may need to be aware of prior to an emergency. Being prepared helps alleviate some of the stress of dealing with a fire.
- Know how to operate a fire extinguisher and what you can use it on. Fire extinguishers can be used for small fires. However, if a large fire breaks out, or one that a proper fire extinguisher for the type of fire is unavailable, it's best to get out and call the fire department. Always have the proper fire extinguisher rated for an area, such as the kitchen.
- Know your exits and have emergency gear available and easily obtained at or near an exit.
- Get out as quickly and safely as possible. Make sure everyone, especially children and the elderly, can get safely out. Always use stairs instead of elevators. Don't worry about belongings. Lives are far more important. Once out and safe, stay out of the building and out of the way of emergency crew. Never go back in for something you thing may be important.
- Make sure to escape under the level of smoke. Smoke can contain particulates that can be harmful or even deadly. Crawl if necessary.
- Never open doors where handles are warm or smoke blocks the route out, unless it's the only route.
- If you are unable to get out, stay in a closed room and place et towels under the door. Call 911 immediately and let them know you are trapped and where. Open a window and wave a bright cloth or flashlight to let them know where you are.
- In the event your clothes catch fire, stop immediately and remember STOP DROP and ROLL. Drop to the ground and protect your face. Roll over back and forth to put out the flames. Do not try to run as the flames could be fanned and worsened. Cool burned skin with water and get medical attention immediately.
Saving yourself and loved ones is the most important thing to remember if a fire breaks out. Belongings and homes can be replaced and repaired. Lives cannot.
SERVPRO is here to help after the disaster to help clean up and get you back into your home as quickly as possible.