Do you have any natural disasters or severe weather in your area? Things can get pretty scary when the weather turns. Knowing the types of emergencies that are most common where you live is crucial so you can be prepared before the storms roll in. In fact, it should be one of the first things you find out so you can properly be ready! Here are Five Most Common Emergencies to Prepare For Now.
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1. House Fire Preparedness
House Fire Preparedness. This scary disaster takes the lives of around 4,000 Americans each year and injures many more. Time truly is of the essence in this emergency. Fire can spread through a home within five minutes. However, the heat and the smoke are more dangerous than the flames of a fire. According to No Fear Preparedness,
“Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.”
So, what have you and your family done to prevent and prepare for a house fire?
Well, a smoke alarm better be at the top of your list! Remember the numbers 1, 1, 10. Clean and test once a month. Replace batteries once a year. Replace smoke alarm every 10 years.
The next thing that should be on your list is a plan that you practice.
Do you and your kids know and have a plan of what to do in the case of a fire? I remember having fire drills with my family. We’d all get tucked into bed and wait for the signal from the smoke alarm that my dad was testing. Once it went off, we’d roll out of bed and take the safest root outside. Sometimes my parents would block off routes to outside and we had to find other ways to escape.
Once outside, we practiced our favorite part. Stop, drop, and roll! Don’t run. Fire likes air, so you should smother the flame. These fire drills are a great way to implement safe practices when escaping a fire in a controlled situation.
No Fear Preparedness has more tips of what to do before and during a fire here so you and your family are fully prepared in case this disaster strikes.