Some things are too hot to handle, and home fires are one of them. They pose a very real threat to homeowners-yet, like many things, fire safety isn’t thought of until it is too late. Statistics show that over3500 Americans die each year in fires, that’s a dangerous mentality.

So, what can you do to keep your family safe in the event of a home fire?

Have an Evacuation Plan.

Take time to come up with a plan with contingencies in mind for each room in case an exit is blocked. Every member of the family should be aware of the plan and know what to do in case of a fire.

Leave the Possessions Behind.

We know there are important items that you want to save but are they so important you would sacrifice your life? Make getting out of the house as quickly and safely as possible your number one priority.

Stay low to avoid smoke.

Make sure you never open a door that is hot to the touch. Use the back of your hand to feel if the door is hot or touch the gap between the door and doorframe. If it is hot, use your secondary escape plan.

Have a Meeting Place

Having a meeting place is essential to any fire safety plan. Create a specific place to
meet so everyone knows where to go and it will be easier who has made it out of the house safely.

Once Out, Stay Out.

Once you make it to your meeting place, call 911. As much as you may want to go in,
leave it to the professionals. The firemen are better equipped to go into the house and save someone or something than you are.

Detectors Save Lives.

Be sure to check your smoke detector at least once a month for dead batteries. Placing a smoke detector on every floor of your house can dramatically increase your family’s chances of survival.