As the school year begins in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area, students across the city are learning exactly how to prepare for fires through regular drills. Though these drills might be frightening for students, it is empowering for them to know what to do and where to go at school in case of an emergency.
What happens when a fire strikes close to home? Although students and children are prepared when fires begin at school, we don‘t often practice what to do at home. Take some time this week to talk with your household about home fire drills, and take a look at this of safe, helpful tips:
- Escape Safely: Take a moment to discuss possible escape routes through doors and windows. Begin with the bedrooms, and then talk through possible exit strategies from other rooms.
- Designate an Area: Along with everyone living within the house, designate a post-disaster meeting point. Make sure to get far away from the house!
- Select Roles: Each person can take on a role in case of fire. Perhaps plan a buddy system in which each adult is responsible for checking in with one child, and make sure they are able to safely exit the home.
- Share the Plan: If there are overnight guests or babysitters that regularly share your home, make sure to cue them in to the plan. It’s important they know where to go and what to do!
- Practice, Practice, Practice: This includes everything. Try going through the drill together, and then make sure all fire extinguishers and fire alarms are ready, just in case.
- What Happens Next: Although you will hopefully never need this drill, it is equally important to consider what happens after a fire. Do you know emergency numbers or who to contact for all of your post-fire remediation needs?
If you’re uncertain about the last step, don’t worry; the professionals at ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services are here to help folks in the La Crosse, WI, area with all of their fire damage remediation needs. While you’re working on becoming experts at implementing your home fire drill, know that we are the experts at all forms of fire damage remediation including smoke removal, salvaging household items, soot and debris removal, restoration, and construction.