Terrifying emergencies can come in many forms.
They can be even more frightening when they directly affect your place of living.
Here’s how to survive one scary disaster than can destroy your home.
House fires can be devastating and traumatic.
Statistics show that fires at civilian residences result in around 2,500 deaths per year and nearly $7 billion in property damages.
That doesn’t even take into account the severe injuries that survivors could be left with.
Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from a frightening house fire.
First, be vigilant about turning off ovens and stovetops. It’s easy to put something on the stove and forget about it.
Watch out for space heaters being on carpet, because the carpet can go up in flames quickly if it falls over.
Next, make sure you have fire alarms that have been tested and are entirely up to standard.
People often ignore or turn off smoke alarms that chirp aimlessly and become a nuisance, but it’s better to take the extra effort and make sure they’re functioning properly than to shut them off.
Next, have an escape plan if a fire does start in your home.
Make sure everyone in your household knows where all exit points are and practice your escape plan.
If you live in a two-story house, it would be a good investment to have emergency ropes and ladders in order for everyone to safely exit through a window.
Also, have at least one fire extinguisher on hand to put out the fire or to create an escape lane to exit a house that’s gone up in flames.
There are different types of fires that require different types of extinguishers, so make sure you’re using the right one.
For example, grease fires and electrical fires aren’t dealt with exactly the same.
If you’re in an older building, make sure that your electrical wiring is up to date.
Faulty or old wiring can lead to the entire house going up in flames.
You might want to look into a new device called Smoke Shield, which essentially filters smoke-filled air.
It works by being placed in an area like a closet and activates when it detects smoke.
The device won’t extinguish flames, but it could give you more time with breathable air so the fire department has a better chance of rescuing you.
Going without breathable air for three minutes is a killer, so every extra second you get is precious.
Also, if you suspect the house is on fire, test doors for heat.
Even if there are no flames in your room, opening the door could cause an inferno to rush into the room you’re occupying.
Finally, if you’re fleeing a house fire, stay low to the ground and keep your face covered with a wet cloth or shirt.
If you follow these steps, you’ll give yourself a better shot at surviving a devastating house fire.