Did you know that once a fire has grown bigger than the average trash can, it's unlikely that you'll be able to stop it from spreading? If you're unfamiliar with how fast a fire can spread, check out this video (it's shocking):
As you can see, if your home catches fire, you won't have time to grab anything except what you have prepared to grab, like your Home Escape Bag (we'll cover this in an upcoming tip).
Large destructive disasters that make the headlines are typically among the reasons we decide to become better prepared, yet many smaller "everyday emergencies" have a higher chance of happening to us. These everyday emergencies are personal disasters, sometimes small, sometimes big, but they definitely upset our lives. Typically, they don't affect anyone other than ourselves, or our family at most.
You are far more likely to be in a car accident or have your home catch fire than you are to be in what we think of for the typical disaster, like earthquakes, terror attacks, tornadoes, and so on.
Today’s 5 minute tip all about how to prepare for a home fire.
Right now, make sure you have the following in your home and they are in working condition:
• Smoke detectors
• CO detectors
• Fire extinguishers
• Escape Ladders
Go check your smoke & CO detectors right now – and if you don’t have them, go install some. Also check your fire extinguishers – are they still pressurized and does everyone in the family know how to operate them?
Next have a family meeting and make sure that everyone in the family knows how to escape. Setup a pre-arranged meeting place – like the mailbox out on the street, or at the neighbors gate. Set up a drill to test your ability to get out and go to the correct place.
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