Is your home and family prepared for an emergency? Not only does being prepared mean having a plan, and the right protection, it means knowing how to respond if an emergency does occur. Help prepare your home and family for an emergency with these critical safety tips.
Equip Your Home with Safety Supplies and Necessary Resources
Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level and in every bedroom of your home.
Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors provide an early alert to a possible fire or CO emergency in your home. Three of every five home fire deaths results from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. Additionally, carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that can be produced by any fuel burning device. Early detection helps provide you and your family time to escape safely in the event of an emergency. After installing your smoke and CO alarms, maintaining them is the next line of emergency preparedness required to help protect your family. The batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every six months--or, upgrade to our ten-year sealed battery alarms for 10 years of protection. Make sure to test your alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly and replace after ten years.
Have fire extinguishers on every level of your home.
Make sure you have the right type of fire extinguisher for the kitchen and garage, where fires are most likely to occur. Equally importantly, is knowing how to use a fire extinguisher! Remember the acronym PASS: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.
If you live in a multi-story home, keep emergency escape ladders on the upper levels.
These ladders can provide a valuable means of escape in the event of a fire or other emergencies if your primary escape route is blocked. Store escape ladders in easily accessible areas, such as under the bed or in the closet. Show everyone in the household how to use these ladders and practice using them.
Help Prepare Your Family
If an emergency were to occur in your home, and the smoke or carbon monoxide detectors were to go off, does your family know what to do? Make sure you have an emergency response plan to help keep everyone safe in the event of an emergency.
Create an escape plan.
50% of homeowners in the U.S. don’t have an emergency escape plan*. Know at least two ways out of every room, including bedrooms. If you live in a multi-story home, a second exit often includes the window so make sure each room is equipped with the right supplies including emergency escape ladders. Designate a meeting place outside, a safe distance away from your home like the mailbox or neighbor’s house. Make sure everyone in the household knows where to meet if you're separated after a disaster.
Teach every member of the family how to dial 9-1-1.
Small children should know how to use a phone to contact emergency services, and help your kids learn your home address and what to say during an emergency.
By following our home emergency and storm preparedness tips and equipping your home with the necessary safety supplies and resources to protect from a fire or carbon monoxide incident, you can help protect your loved ones.
*First Alert Consumer Target Identification and Segmentation Report, Insights in Marketing, June 2016
Source: National Fire Protection Association