Having A Plan For Fires And Damages To Your Tremonton Home
It seems like fires are threatening areas all around us lately. With all the high fire alerts in Utah right now, it is important to know how to respond in case a fire does threaten your Tremonton home, so you know what to do in times of damage restoration.
Fire Damage In Tremonton
- Have a fire escape plan in place for your home. Waiting until your fire alarm goes off to come up with an escape plan will only result in panic and chaos. Instead, come up with one that everyone in the household is familiar with before your smoke alarms alert you that there is a fire. An effective escape plan should outline two exit routes from each room and establish a meeting point that is a safe distance from the home. Make sure that every member of the family knows the exit routes and where they should go once outside the home. Once the plan is made, practice it. Preparation is key in getting everyone out of the home quickly and safely. If there are infants in the home, assign a person to be in charge of them so that each member of the family can be accounted for. Without a fire escape plan, the odds of getting everyone out of the home safely is greatly reduced.
- Practice safely exiting a burning building. Knowing the characteristics of smoke and the harm it can cause to your lungs, brain, and heart will make you better prepared to navigate your way out of a burning building with the least amount of smoke inhalation and exposure. Smoke will kill you before the flames will if you do not know how to get out of a fire safely. The most important thing when escaping from a fire is to stay low below the level of the smoke. When possible, place clean fabric over your nose and mouth to act as a filter. Test door handles for heat before you open them so that you do not open a door that has flames directly behind it. Doors can act as barriers to keep the fire away to buy you some time, but if you open a door to direct flames, you will only help spread the fire quicker.
- Ensure that you have working smoke alarms in every room of your home, or at least in every room where someone sleeps. You should test your alarms periodically to ensure that they are functioning correctly and change out the batteries before they expire. It is also a good idea to have at least one fire extinguisher accessible in your home. This will help with damage costs. If a small fire breaks out in a contained area, a fire extinguisher can be used to put it out and stop it from growing or spreading. With that being said, you should never waste any time attempting to put out a fire that is large or resisting the extinguisher. Your time is much better spent ensuring that you and your family are safely and quickly removed from the building.
- Teach everyone in your home how to alert emergency response personnel. The sooner help is called for, the sooner they can arrive. If possible, let first responders know where and how the fire originated in the home and how many people were inside the residence and are unaccounted for. The more information you can give firefighters, the better their odds are of getting everyone out of harm’s way and putting out the fire.
- Last, but definitely not least, call Sierra Restoration to handle the cleanup process. We know how stressful fires are, and the emotional weight they leave behind. That is why we are here to lighten the load. We are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency as quickly as possible and will work fast and efficiently to help restore your home and your life after a fire damage disaster. When we finish a fire damage restoration, there is no evidence that a fire ever occurred. Be prepared to respond to a a fire as best as possible, and then leave to rest to Sierra.