Fire Safety In The Home

Fire safety in the home is something we should all take very seriously. There’s almost nothing scarier than a house fire, with its potential for disaster, death and destruction. As frightening as a burning house may be, the situation can be worsened when the family inside doesn’t know what to do. Those who are armed with knowledge of fire safety have a much higher chance of getting out alive. In this short article, we’ll discuss some common-sense home fire safety tips.


Fire safety in the home

Form a fire safety plan. It’s one of the elementary rules of fire safety in the home; each family member should know where the most accessible exit points are. After you’ve formed a plan, hold an exit drill. Don’t forget to designate a meeting place somewhere outside the home.

Get low, and stay there. As smoke builds up, it rises. When you hear a smoke alarm go off, every member of the family should drop to the floor where the air is clearer. Then, crawl toward the exits and get as far away from the source of the smoke as possible.

Time is of the essence. When a fire starts, some people may “blank out” and think they have to do things like get fully dressed or run through the house searching for cherished belongings. Fire can spread rapidly, and sometimes seconds are all you have. Getting out alive should be your ONLY concern during a house fire.

Test your exits. In the event of fire, you may find yourself in a room with a closed door. Don’t give into instinct and blindly open the door; check it first and ensure that smoke isn’t rolling in beneath. If you can’t see smoke, feel the door and knob. If either are hot, don’t open it; go out the nearest window. This is one of the essential tips with fire safety in the home.

Ensure you have fire-resistant carpet. When selecting flooring for your home, ask your carpet fitting company if it’s fire-resistant. Fire can spread rapidly to flooring and walls, and the material in carpet can serve as an accelerant. Tell your carpet fitters to install fire-resistant padding, as well.

Don’t call rescue from inside the home. The advice “call the emergency services” is ingrained in all of us, but calling while your house is burning takes away seconds you’ll need in order to escape. Once everyone’s accounted for outside, use a neighbor’s phone to call rescue services.

Stay out! If your fire escape plan works, everyone should stay outside once they’re there. Wait for rescue to arrive, and NEVER try to go back inside the home. If there are pets inside, tell the firefighters when they arrive.

House fires are very scary, and the thought of losing everything you own can be overwhelming. Remember- material things can be replaced; people can’t be. Every family needs to learn basic fire safety, and have a detailed escape plan in place. Go over the tips above with your loved ones, and there’s a much higher chance of making it out safely. If you liked ‘Fire Safety In The Home’ please share it with someone who can use it, or on your social networking sites.

This post was written by James Harper on behalf of Stewart Groom Flooring, the expert carpet fitting company. Please visit their site to find out more about carpet fitting.

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19 Responses to Fire Safety In The Home

  1. Margaux Allen March 8, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    very true! “material things can be replaced; people can’t be” we should take this on mind always, not only during a house fire but to any other incident as well.

  2. Tony Scott December 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Fire accidents are known to cause great loss of life and property. This blog has presented some valuable tips which must be followed during fire accidents.

  3. Tom December 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Thank you for your article (and please excuse me, English is not my mother tongue), do you write a second part to cover the subject entirety? In all cases, it’s a topical issue that will have to be treated in this way more often. Regards, Tom.
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  4. James November 12, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    Having a fire safety plan in place is purely of essence. We often have these fire drills at offices, malls, schools but we ignore them when it comes to the safety of our own home! Your step by step approach to deal with such a scenario is appreciated. Having a plan and discussing it with your family members is very important because we tend to think such disasters would rarely happen and underestimate the devastating power of fire!

  5. Paul October 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I truly agree that having a fire safety plan is very essential and everyone should be educated about this.This post will definitely help the readers to get some insight into this topic and it could be helpful for saving someones life.Cables should be checked in the house after some time to avoid any short circuit to take place.Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen and have it checked yearly. Learn how to use it.

  6. Mia October 16, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Dear Admin,

    I landed upon your article”Fire safety at home”from google, Actually i am doing a research work on”Fire safety”,found your article useful for my research work. Actuall i was looking for more related articles on your blog but unfortunately didnt find anymore of it.Hope read more related articles in coming days…I will keep following your blog till then


    • Anne October 16, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Mia,

      My blog is a DIY and home makeover blog. It deals with general home articles, but mainly concentrates on the topics in my heading.

      The ‘fire safety in the home’ article was a one off. There are other safety articles on the blog, but they don’t necessarily deal with fire safety. Thanks for subscribing.

  7. Elena Anne September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    These are important reminders. It’s true that we tend to think things like a house fire would never happen to us, so we get a little lax about preparedness. Those who have experienced an out-of-control fire firsthand know how direly important it is to practice fire safety. It’s also key to develop a plan that works for the type of home you live in. An escape plan for an apartment building will be different than for a single-family home.

    • Anne September 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      You’re right, Elena Anne. I hadn’t thought of it, but I suppose getting out of an apartment building in a fire has its own difficulties.

      • Suzanne Carter September 25, 2012 at 11:03 am #

        I very much agree Elena. I have been doing several DIY house projects and I have stuff all over the flat now.

        I got a sofa basically standing in the atrium which I need to get rid of, but I made sure I’d leave space to run out if needed.

        I also tried to make sure cables are running neatly behind my desks, as I don’t want them to short circuit. Since I was in DIY mode, I thought I might as well take care of that as well.

        Suzanne @ Rapid Racking

  8. Alex September 20, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    The very word “fire” creates an environment of shock and fear. Whenever we hear or see a house on fire our heart starts pounding, no matter whether we are in the danger zone or not. And not to forget we all try to help those caught in the fire. Now just the will to help someone is not sufficient, we must be aware of the quickest and safest ways to ensure that there is no loss of life. This blog will be a very important piece in providing the adequate tricks to save people from fire.

  9. Peter from londonchurches September 18, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    People should be educated about fire safety in masses. Everybody needs to be aware of the ways of saving one’s as well as other lives from fire. This blog gives us a quick glance at the ways one can use to escape a house fire. Since you need to remember the ways you can make use of, this blog contains all the ways one by one for the convenience of the readers.

  10. Emily September 13, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    House fire is something which can take place at any point of time since we are making use of fire on a daily basis. Since we can’t stop the use of fire , we must learn how to protect ourselves from being harmed by it. This blog has some very good ways by which you can save yourself and your family members if your catches fire. I think we all should learn these things for saving our as well as someone else’s life.

  11. David September 13, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I agree that things really do not hold that much value when faced with a life-altering situation. When caught in a fire, the first priority is to get yourself and your family out safely. Everything else can be built again from scratch. Also, holding a fire drill at home will help your children and family know how to react in case of a fire. Thanks for sharing these great tips Anne.

    • Anne September 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      I hadn’t thought of a fire drill, but yes, it’s definitely a great idea for families to have one. This (at least) drives home the awareness that a fire could break out – and there are safety avenues which could be taken.

  12. David from EmailMarketing September 11, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Fire Safety needs to be taught and ingrained in us just like calling emergency services is ingrained in us. There’s always a chance that you stay behind to grab things. I say unless the thing is within an arm’s reach, don’t bother going for it. Once all of you reach outside, check for any injuries or signs of weakness. When the medical service arrives, inform the paramedics. God forbid, you ever have to face a fire in your own homes. But if you do, then now you know what to do.

    • Anne September 11, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      That’s right, David. You said it well. Fire safety needs to be something we teach our kids from a very young age. I’d probably leave out grabbing anything – even things at arm’s length – because it can be a distraction to getting where you need to be.

      Thanks for the visit and for your input.


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