How Prepared Are You In the Event of a Fire?
How Prepared Are You in the Event of a Fire?
When a home fire occurs, you may only have as little as two minutes to escape once it starts. It’s important for you and your family to be ready just in case there is a fire. Below are a few ways to help you prepare for a fire.
Install the Right Smoke Detector- The most common smoke detectors have an alarming rate of failure. Some can take as much as 30 minutes to activate. Most smoke alarms found in the market are ionization smoke alarms. This type of alarm uses a small amount of radioactive material to ionize air in an internal sensing chamber. When smoke enters the chamber, the conductivity of the chamber air will decrease to a predetermined level, the alarm is set off. However, the ions can still flow through despite the particles in a real fire, such as black smoke, entering the chamber. These smoke alarms also have an expiration date so just because you change batteries regularly, the ions could have already expired.
Hero Fire Protection recommends using a photoelectric smoke alarm such as the OmniShield state-of-the-art smoke sensor because it will go off when black smoke is detected. Designed and engineered in the United States, OmniShield incorporates Texas Instruments micro-processors and RF modules to give your home a private network of wireless sensors, so if there is danger in one room, you are alerted in every room of the home. To learn more about this smoke detector, click HERE.
Have a fire escape plan- Establish a fire escape plan and make sure everyone in the family is familiar with this. Also create a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
Practice your escape plan– Practice your home escape from your home at least twice a year. Train all members of your household to know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
Practice fire extinguisher safety- If a fire does occur and if you’re considering using a fire extinguisher, always put your safety first. If you are not confident in your ability to use a fire extinguisher, get out of our home and call 9-1-1. If you can use a fire extinguisher, check that back is near an exit and you can use it quickly to escape. Make sure everyone has left or is leaving the home, the fire is small and not spreading and does not have a lot of smoke. Also make sure the fire department has been called.
If you would like to have your home evaluated for fire safety, let Hero Fire Protection help! We are a full-service fire protection company in Hawaii dedicated in educating families about the devastating effects of home fires and other home safety issues. Contact us today to get a FREE fire safety assessment and receive a FREE emergency kit.