This article will discuss how to keep fires from injuring or killing preppers and their family members. In this article, there will be information on fire prevention, firefighting techniques, and evacuation methods.
During power blackouts, the traditional methods of lighting and heating will not be available, and people will turn to methods such as candles, space heaters, and fireplaces, which increase the risk of fire. Even if all family members are careful to prevent fires, they can still be victimized by fires that have spread from other row houses or apartments, especially if careless homeless people are living in some of these vacant row houses or apartments. Furthermore, firefighters will be overextended due to the increased number of fires. Also, water might not be available for them to fight the fires.
To prevent fires, family members should use:
1. Battery powered lights instead of using candles.
2. Space heaters safely.
3. Fireplaces safely.
To fight fires effectively, family members must:
1. Know the locations of all of the fire extinguishers in the house.
2. Know how to use fire extinguishers effectively.
To evacuate safely, family members must:
1. Have available fire escape ladders for upper story rooms.
2. Know how that they should crawl low to avoid smoke and heat.
3. Realize that they should check doors and not open them if they are hot to their touch.
4. Keep exits clear of any obstructions that would make quick exits difficult.
5. All know the designated meeting place outside the home so that a family member will not reenter the flaming house to rescue a family member who is outside already, but not with the other family members.
These safety procedures can be lifesavers, not only during power blackouts, but during any day or night of the year when a fire could occur. Have you ever been through a fire? What was your experience? Please comment below.