What to do Before, During, & After a Fire
Home Fire Preparedness: There are actually ways you can prepare your home for a fire. Here a few tips:
- Install the right number of smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each sleeping room.
- Test your smoke alarms once a month. Change your batteries twice a year. We suggest changing them each time the time changes.
- Have a fire extinguisher in your home, especially in your kitchen.
- Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what that sound means.
- Ensure all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
- Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
- Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell "FIRE" to alert everyone that they must get out. Maybe do this when you put new batteries in the smoke alarms.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 911.
- Teach household members how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
What To Do if a Fire Starts:
- Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher.
- Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL 911.
- Yell "FIRE" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
- If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to touch.
- If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
Recovering After a Fire:
- Call 911. Give first aid where needed; cool and cover burns to reduce the chance of further injury or infection.
- Let friends and family know you are safe.
- People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterinary help immediately.
- Stay out of fire-damaged home until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.
SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties can also help you get your home and belongings back together after a fire. Call us today at 662-349-6500.