No one thinks a house fire will ever really affect them and their family. Very unfortunately, it DOES happen. So be sure your family is prepared - learn smart habits that can prevent a fire from starting and get tips on escaping from a home fire.
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross on how to prepare your family for a home fire:
1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.
6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
Keep in mind that homeowners insurance typically provides protection for your home and belongings in the case of a fire, but make sure you know what's covered and what's not covered... ahead of time! Call and ask us what your policy includes. 920-898-5731.