Fire Safety Prevention
Learn important fire safety prevention tips, how to deal with fire and smoke damage and what to do if you need fire restoration.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – the leading resource for information on fire safety and prevention – provides homeowners with a wealth of knowledge on fire and related hazards in and around the home, fireproofing and smoke/fire damage. This year, the Fire Prevention Week theme (which runs from October 8 through the 14) is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” which helps reinforce the importance of why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
Fire Safety Prevention Tips
Fires can start in almost any room and area of a home so it’s important to fireproof your home as much as possible, have an escape plan, and know the dangers of smoke and fire damage to help prevent injuries. The NFPA recommends the following fire safety tips for evacuating your home in the event of a fire, as fire and smoke can spread quickly and cause a lot of damage to a home.
Have a planned escape route in every room of your home with two exits (usually a door and window) and a path to the outside from each exit.
Practice a fire drill twice a year with your family – one during the day and one at night – and become familiar with each exit. Smoke damage can cause significant harm to your health and destruction to your home, plus it rises quickly, so make sure to stay close to the floor when exiting your house.
Close all doors behind you as you leave your home, which may help slow the spread of heat, fire and smoke and could even help cut down on smoke and fire damage.
Once you and your family are outside safely – stay outside. Never go back inside a burning house. Make sure everyone is safe and get immediate medical help if anyone is injured. It’s always a good idea to get checked out if you’ve been exposed to smoke.
- Call emergency services and wait for them to arrive and extinguish the fire. Once the fire is out, you’ll want to contact your insurance provider and fire restoration services so you can get the fire cleanup process underway as quickly as possible.
Dangers of Fire and Smoke Damage
Fire damage is one of the most intense and traumatic events, compared to other natural and element-based disasters. The aftermath from smoke and fire damage can last for months or even years if not promptly and properly addressed. While most damage is visibly noticeable, there are some hidden and potentially hazardous effects that fire damage can cause that are more difficult to recognize. These include hidden structural damage, health risks posed by exposure to soot and smoke damage, and even water/mold damage from the water used to extinguish the fire.
A big part of fire safety – in addition to prevention – is how to keep your family safe after a fire. Once you’ve safely exited the home and begun the fire restoration process, make sure to get permission from your local fire marshal to re-enter your home. Only enter if you have safety gear on, including a ventilation mask, safety googles (if necessary) and protective clothing (long sleeves and pants), to avoid any unnecessary exposure to residue/soot, smoke damage, and any other hazardous remnants from the fire.
How Resolve Can Help with Fire Restoration
After a major (or even minor) house fire occurs, it’s important to begin the fire cleanup process immediately to help minimize smoke damage and other potential issues, and to help you get back in your home as soon as safely possible. Resolve can connect you with highly qualified fire restoration contractors from its nationwide network of professionals who can help with fire cleanup from start to finish. Plus, Resolve provides customers with a project specialist to assist them through every step of the fire recovery process.
The information and advice contained in this article is intended as a general guide for informational purposes only. It does not take into account your personal situation. While we at Resolve have significant experience and history operating in the home restoration industry and working closely with construction contractors, we are not licensed as a general or specialty contractor. We encourage you to consider the information we’ve provided but urge you not to rely upon it in place of appropriate professional advice from a licensed, experienced construction contractor.