If a fire were to ever strike your home, you are not going to have a lot of time to respond. You are going to need to think quickly and take action fast if you want to safely get you and your family out of the home. Here are a few things that you need to understand about fire and your home.
#1 Check The Batteries
The batteries in your fire alarm are not going to last forever. It is generally a good idea to test your batteries with the "test" button on your fire alarm at least twice a year and change the batteries out at least once a year. Your fire alarm is not going to do you much good if it doesn't work.
Often, when the batteries are dying in a fire alarm, it will let off a low, continuous beeping sound. When you hear this, you need to put new batteries in your fire alarm. Don't take your fire alarm off and set it aside and forget to put batteries back in it. Make getting new batteries a priority for your home.
#2 Add Fire Alarms
You can always add fire alarms to your home. You should have a fire alarm inside or right outside the door to all of the bedrooms in your home. You should also have a fire alarm next to your kitchen. If you have a barbecue area outside of your home, make sure that you put a fire alarm near it too. It is a good idea to also have one in the main living area of your home. If your home is multiple stories, you should have a fire alarm on each story as well.
#3 Practice What To Do
It may feel silly, but in the heat of the moment when your adrenaline is pumping, it is going to be helpful if you practice what to do should a fire hit your home. Do your kids try to go out of their windows? Do they wait for you to come to their rooms? Do they try to go out through the front door? Do you meet at the mailbox, the next door neighbor's house or the car?
Making these decisions and practicing them ahead of time will help you know what to do should an emergency strike. It will allow your family to make fast decisions about what to do that will keep everyone involved safe and will reduce the panic if a fire should ever occur in your home. Hopefully, you will never have to deal with this situation, but if you do, you'll know what to do. To learn more, contact a company like Alexander Gow Fire Equipment Company.