It is an important step for every family to have a fire escape plan for their home. After all, the materials used to build homes today tend to burn faster than ever before, so time is of the essence if a fire starts in your home—you might not have as long as you think to get out.
A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to safely escape your home within about two minutes from the time the smoke alarm first sounds. After that, conditions rapidly become more dangerous.
Therefore, you should be sure to develop a fire escape plan in San Francisco, CA, and practice it twice a year or more to make sure everyone is prepared for what would happen in your home if a fire occurs. Here are a few tips to help you develop an effective home fire escape plan:
Have a map: Draw out a map of your home using the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) grid—you can find a PDF on the NFPA website. Get all of your family members involved, including children. Mark two exits from every room, and a path to get you outside from every exit.
Drills: As we mentioned previously, you should make it a point to practice your fire escape twice a year. You can try once at night and once in the day, and practice different ways of getting out of the home. Make sure to get your children involved—you never know if a fire will prevent you from all being able to escape together, so it’s important that children are able to manage their own escapes as well.
Clearly mark your home: You should make sure the address of your home is very clearly marked so the fire department knows which house to go to when it arrives. The fire and smoke might not yet be extremely obvious when the fire department reaches you, so having clear numbers on the outside of your home is important.
Close doors: Closed doors help to slow the spread of smoke, fire and heat. It’s a good idea to sleep with your doors closed at night. If a fire starts while you’re sleeping, this will buy you some extra time, as you might not notice the start of the fire as quickly at night. If possible, close doors behind you as you leave the home, because this will slow the spread of the fire and smoke and possibly limit the amount of damage done by the disaster.
Stay outside: Once you’ve escaped your home, you must stay outside. Never go back inside a building that’s burning. If someone is still inside, a firefighter will be able to make the rescue. It is far too dangerous for a person without training or protective equipment to go back inside.
Great Escape Fire Escape Service specializes in the inspection, repair and maintenance of fire escapes. For more information about planning out and practicing a fire escape plan in San Francisco, CA, we encourage you to contact us today.