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Blog
02/12/2015
As the owner of a home, you know that it’s important to prepare your family for emergencies, should they strike. Nobody would hope to wake up in the middle of the night to a house fire, but it would be a shame if you were not prepared, should it happen. It is with this in mind that Walker & Frick Construction DKI would like to share a few important fire prevention and safety tips. You always want to start with prevention, of course, but being prepared just in case, is the next best step. 

Prevention 

  • Make sure that you have working smoke detectors installed throughout your home, especially in sleeping rooms and rooms with sources of heat. 
  • If you are planning to cook, make sure that you stay in the kitchen while heat sources are lit. If you must leave the kitchen, as is certainly possible, you should turn off the stove for the moments you are gone. 
  • Space heaters are great for providing a bit of extra warmth in the colder months. Ensure that you keep space heaters at least three feet away from any flammable material. It’s also a great idea to get a space heater that features a turn off mechanism, if the heater is tipped over. 
  • If there is a fire in your home, a great way to keep the fire from entering bedrooms quickly is to encourage your family to sleep with doors closed. 

Developing a Plan 

If a fire does occur in your home, it is best to have shared these safety tips with your family beforehand. 
  • Develop a route of escape, and ensure that there are at least two possibilities in each room
  • When escaping, stay on the the floor to avoid smoke inhalation
  • As the bedroom door will be closed, feel it with the back of the hand-if the door is hot, choose an alternate route
  • Ensure that the windows in the home can be opened and if there is a second floor, that there is a way for each person to get out of the window

These tips may seem simple, and they actually are, but they can mean the difference between life and death in some cases. Having a preventative and evacuation plan will never be something you’ll regret. 

If you do have a disaster in your home, be it fire or something else altogether, you may discover that it is a difficult task to return your home to normalcy. You don’t have to go it alone. For fire damage restoration in Richmond, remember Walker & Frick Construction DKI, 804.282.1281.  Be sure to check out our website for more information about our services.