Floods and fires are two of the worst events to happen to a building or home. They can be totally devastating to the structure, but also to the people inside. It’s therefore vital to prepare for a flood or a fire so that you have a plan in place in the event of a disaster. Keep reading to learn 5 tips for preparing your family for a flood or fire.
1. Assess your risk of fire. The first thing you want to do is assess your risk. For fires, a major source of outbreak can be the fireplace, the kitchen, and any areas where people smoke. Follow all fire safety procedures, such as using a screen in front of the fireplace, emptying ashtrays after every 3 uses or so, and keeping fresh batteries in all of the smoke detectors. If you want to have the maximum peace of mind, contact flood and fire experts for tips that apply to your individual home.
2. Assess your flood risk. If you live near a waterway, such as a large creek or a river, take note of your proximity and relative elevation. If, for instance, you can see that you are at a high risk of a flood, create a plan for evacuating in the event of a heavy rain or other flooding conditions. In fact, if the risk is high, you might want to wait out a storm in a hotel that is far from the flood plain.
3. Points of Egress. Make sure that every bedroom in the house has a point of exit. If you use your basement as a family room, study, or for bedrooms, make sure that there are adequate egress windows. These should be easily accessible to everyone in the area. If you are in a flood plain, it is a good idea to clear out of the basement when heavy rains are predicted.
4. Check your wiring. So many fires start as a result of wiring and electrical problems. Have a licensed electrician assess your overall safety. You may want to install more outlets if you are relying on extension cords, and have antique lamps and electrical devices rewired with fresh cords. The vintage cords may look special, but they are anything but safe, particularly as they age and wear out.
5. Have a plan. Discuss an evacuation plan with your family. As your kids get older, you can have them take on more responsibility for themselves, but the younger ones will need to learn how to find you and exit the home safely.
The old saying, ″An once of preparation is worth a pound of cure″ aptly applies to flood and fire preparedness. Disaster preparation can not only save you and your family from injury, but it can hopefully save your home from damage. It is amazing how following a few simple tips can save so much in the long-term.
Not sure how to prepare you family for a flood or fire? Call us today at 585-663-0510 to speak with disaster restoration specialists.