How to Prepare for a Fire
Fires can cause massive damage to homes, properties, and the land surrounding it. Wildfires occur over 100,000 times alone each year in the United States. They’re most likely to spark in dry or hot places. It’s important to know the steps to take to prepare for a fire.
- Always have a fire extinguisher on hand. Keeping one can be life-saving in case a fire was to start in your home or your business. Know how to use it as well. Make sure to read the directions before using it. Know where your fire extinguisher is kept as well.
- Have an emergency fire kit on hand. In case a fire was to start, know where it is and pack it with essentials such as food (preferably food that can stay good for long periods of time), water to stay hydrated, a flashlight, and other essentials that are needed.
- Keep smoke alarms in every room including outside areas. Test them every month and if they don’t work, change the batteries.
- If you live with others, talk to them about a fire escape plan and then practice that plan at least twice a year.
- In case a fire is to occur in your home, get out, stay out, and call for help! Don’t go back inside for anything or for anyone.