As global warming begins to increase across the world, some areas are likely to see a rise in fires. Even for places that are not affected by this change in temperature, having a plan in place in the event of a fire is imperative. Both homes and business places are wise to plan ahead in case a fire starts for any reason.
Take Preventative Measures
- Some fires do start as a result of the weather, but others come into fruition because homes and businesses are dangers waiting to erupt. Right now, for example, is a smart time to have an electrician come in to check out the property. Also, people and businesses can speak with their local fire chiefs to see if their homes are up to code.
Develop an Evacuation Plan
- Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, you need to sit down with your family or your employees to discuss an appropriate evacuation plan. Make sure that the plan accounts for different scenarios and for each member of your family. Also, you should not just discuss this plan once and then never return to it. You should develop written plans. In a place of business, having signs posted is generally mandatory. You may even want to develop reminders around your home. At a business, you can put together a safety staffing team. Have an Emergency Kit. Not only do you want to make sure people know what to do, but also that they know what materials are available to help them. Your safety staffing team can go over how to use the materials, such as the hazmat suits. Wearing hazmat suits can make the difference between life and death. The emergency kit should also include first-aid items in the event that someone needs to grab it as a fire breaks out.
Make Provisions for Pets
- In the event that a fire happens in your home, your children may, for example, try to combat the smoke and flames to grab the dog. Let your kids know that you will take responsibility for getting the pets out of the house safely. You can also look for stickers to post on the windows to let emergency personnel, namely the individuals from the fire department, know that pets are in need of rescue inside of the home. You can list how many of each pet you have on the list.
Talk to Your Children’s School
- When you have kids, you want to make sure they know what to do in the event of a fire at home. However, you also need to ensure that the school is taking the appropriate steps to make sure the kids are ready in the event that a fire breaks out in the building. Speak to the teachers and the administration to see what type of program they have in place for the children.
Install an Alarm System
- You may have an alarm for your home security, or you might feel that these systems are used for break-ins only, but that is not the case. You can also get a device that alerts the fire department in the event that smoke or fire are present in your house. By installing this type of device, you can have a sense of comfort that whether you are home or not, or if you are sleeping, a signal will go out to the fire department. Be extra cautious when deciding what smoke detectors to use as most of them do not wake up children. For more information on this please read this article.
Consider a Move
- If you are in a part of the world that already experiences issues with fires, you may want to start consider moving before the issues with global warming get worse. When you suspect that your area may be one of these places, start to look into areas with safer climates.
Fires are major threats to the environment and to individuals. In order to make sure that you stay as safe as possible if a fire does break out, be sure to follow these tips.
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