In an emergency situation, if your home is well-equipped with the right tools to assist you, it could save a life. Every home is different and each comes with its own unique potential risks. A Home First Aid Kit, Emergency Smoke Mask & Escape Hood, an Emergency Escape Evacuation Ladder (2 story homes), glass breaker, Fire-Resistant Document Bags and a torch.
Draw up a plan of your house, including all the exits and smoke alarms.
Locate two ways out of every room using either windows or doors, mark it on the plan, and go into each room to visualise it so everyone is clear.
Keeping your plan fresh in the minds of everyone in the house, especially children, can be the difference between panic and chaos and calm and confident if an emergency does happen.
- Keep Fire Out of Reach : Always store lighters and matches well out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet or cupboard up high.
- Explain the Dangers Clearly: Explain in age-appropriate terms what it is and the damage it can cause.
- Always Set the Right Example: Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement or entertainment and always act responsibly around fires both inside and outside the home.
- Watch for Fire Starting Danger Signs: Most fires started by children occur when they are left alone and have access to a flame source.
If possible, older adults should sleep in a ground floor bedroom, with a smoke alarm installed both inside and just outside the room.
Your home fire escape plan should designate someone to help older adults get out safely if required, plus a backup in case they are not at home.
If hearing loss is a concern and they are unable to hear a smoke alarm, a vibration pad may be used to wake them in the event of a fire.