This article will discuss activities that preppers can engage in this October with their families so that they can make their families safer from house fires. The emphasis of these activities should be on fun and education. There are websites that sell products that emphasize fun and education.
One activity would be for preppers to challenge family members with safety quizzes. An example of a safety quiz would be to ask the family members to name the location of every fire extinguisher in their house. When trying to put out a fire, seconds count. If the family members have difficulty in finding the fire extinguishers, the fire could rage out of control. If a family member empties one fire extinguisher, the fire still might not be out. Thus, family members should be able to name the location of every fire extinguisher in their house. If the family members seem willing, the prepper could challenge the family members to take a longer quiz.
Another activity might be to have a family member use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. This fire could be in a safe location outdoors. Check with your local fire department to determine if this is allowed. During an emergency, anxiety can make people clumsy. Having operated a fire extinguisher, or at least having seen one in operation should help to reduce such clumsiness.
Every family member should know where to meet other family members after evacuating their home because of a fire. They should be aware that, in the past, some family members have reentered burning houses to rescue a family member who they thought still was in the burning house. In many such cases, the family member already had escaped from the house, but was in a different location than the rest of the family. Some of these family members who reentered their houses to save another family member perished in the house fires.
In some cases, fire might make it impossible to escape by the normal means of exiting a house. If the house has upper floors, all family members with rooms on the upper floors should have fire escape ladders in their rooms. Especially with senior citizens, such a jump could be fatal.
The National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2011 there were 370,000 home structure fires that caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion dollars in damage. Clearly, fires do not happen just to “someone else.” Help your family to reduce the chances that a destructive house fire will traumatize your family.