Did you know people often have as little as 2 minutes to escape from home fires? Are you fire ready? Nobody wants to think their home might be a target for a life-threatening fire but it can happen to anybody.
Here are some of American Security’s top tips to keep your home and family protected and ready:
- In the event of a fire emergency, every second counts. Be prepared ahead of time and practice your home escape plan at least twice a year. Find alternative ways to get out of each room in your house in case the primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke.
- Teach children to call out to firefighters or other emergency responders in the case of an emergency – not hide from them.
- Of course, a working fire alarm system in every level of your home is a must and will greatly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. Test smoke alarms every month and make sure to replace batteries as needed.
- Make sure all of your windows are working properly, that window screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars are able to be opened.
- Not all fire alarms make sound – accessible smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. If you are hearing impaired, learn more about the options available to you. Additionally, smoke alarms with strobe lights are available for the outside of your home to signal to neighbors that you’re in danger.
- Preparation is key but when you are actually in a deadly fire emergency, crawl low to get underneath of smoke as smoke rises up, don’t open doors or door knobs if they are hot, and if your clothes catch fire – stop, drop, and roll.
Home fires are deadly but the worst can be prevented with proper preparation. When it comes to life safety, there is no margin for error. That’s why our customers have been relying on American Security to protect their homes, businesses, and facilities since 1979. We have been installing monitoring and maintaining security, fire and interactive video systems throughout the tristate area and specialize in commercial and multi-family housing applications.