Are you prepared???
A house or commercial fire can be a very scary event. The scariest part can be how unprepared you are when a terrible disaster like a fire happens.
On www.wikihow.com they offer a few examples of things you can do to make sure that you are a bit more prepared for this sort of situation.
Purchase a house with fire sprinklers installed. A sprinkler only applies water to the area threatened by fire.
Make copies of important documents and pictures and keep a copy of them at a friends or relatives house. Put the originals in a fire resistant safe.
Make an escape plan to evacuate your home in case of a fire or other emergency. If your room is on the second floor, consider purchasing a fire ladder to aid in escape.
Keep areas around the furnace, water heater, outlets, and other potentially hazardous areas clear of combustible materials.
Purchase and install smoke detectors or test the ones you have to ensure they are in working order.
Purchase fire extinguishers for your home and consider getting a Class k extinguisher for your kitchen in case of grease fires.
Practice escaping from your house as if it were on fire by staying low and following your escape plan.
Ensure exits such as doors and windows aren't obstructed and are in working order if you do not choose to repair them.
Have your chimney inspected and swept regularly. This will prevent build up of residue which causes chimney fires.
Keep the main gas shut off and electric meter visible and accessible to aid the fire department in the extinguishing of the fire.
Call your local fire department and ask about a home fire inspection. they'll most likely be willing and will do it for free. while you’re calling you can ask about any fire prevention functions.
Get involved with your fire department. It may be one of the best ways to prepare. Try volunteering for them, if they need help or if they have an auxiliary you can join to help at functions.