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Blog
08/08/2016
You're probably familiar with fire drills and how they can help you prepare if you're ever in a real emergency. However, have you ever done one at home? If you want to keep your family safe in a fire, follow the tips below to conduct a fire drill at home.

How to Conduct a Fire Drill at Home with Tips from the Emergency Property Restoration Experts in Laurel

Plan the Drill Thoroughly

If you want to do a good job at conducting the fire drill in your home, you first need to do some prep work to ensure that it will all go over in a smooth manner. For instance, you should take care of the following:
  • First and foremost, you should inform your family that you'll be conducting a drill, what is expected of them, and of the necessary information as you plan the drill and evacuation routes. If possible, try to get them more involved in the process so they learn and help you out.
  • Following that, it will be time to set different evacuation routes (depending on where the fire has started in your home) and a few secure meeting places where your family can find each other in case you are separated. Again, let the others know of this crucial information so they know where to go.
  • You should also prepare the emergency tools you may need in the drill or in an actual emergency (for example, the fire extinguisher or first aid kit). Of course, be sure to place them in strategic and easy-to-reach locations. Moreover, teach your family to use them effectively if the situation calls for them.
  • As a final step in the preparation process, it's a good idea to designate a leader or someone who will take the others to safety, as well as remind them of certain precautions they should take (like crawling if there's a lot of smoke in the room). Have your family listen to and follow the leader.

Execute the Fire Drill Properly

Now comes the good part: actually carrying on with the fire drill at home. To do so, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you begin the drill and throughout its process. Continue reading to learn what these tips are.
  • For starters, if you want this to work, you should make sure that your whole family is at home and is unaware that the fire drill is about to begin. This will catch them off guard and will give you a better idea of how they will react when faced with a real emergency situation.
  • To make it clear that the fire drill has started, you can set off the alarm on one of the smoke detectors at home to get your family on alert and going. You can do so by pressing the button on the smoke detector, which will make the alarm go off. As you do, check your watch so you can know the exact time the drill started.
  • As your family starts evacuating your home and moving towards the safe meeting spot, lead them by reminding them what they should do, which way they should go, and what safety measures to take in order to remain unharmed. This will help them immensely and will increase all of your chances of staying safe in a real emergency.
Remember that if your home is ever in real trouble (be it because of an accident, a natural disaster, a mishap, or another affliction), you can call Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI at 804.282.1281 for emergency property restoration in Laurel. 

Once the Fire Drill is Over

Now that you've all successfully reached the safe meeting spot and the drill is over, there are a few things you should take care of. To that end, we suggest that you do the following:
  • If you want your family to improve their response time and their reaction to an emergency situation, you should provide feedback on the drill, their roles, and more. Tell them how long it took for them to evacuate, what they could have done better, among other similar notes that they can consider in the future.
  • Finally, if you used your fire extinguisher, a flashlight, the first aid kit, etc., make sure to put all of those emergency tools back in their place, so they're there in case they're needed. Likewise, inspect them periodically to make sure they're always functional, so you don't have to go without them in an emergency.
 

If Your Home Needs Emergency Property Restoration in Laurel

Call Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Laurel if your home has been affected by a fire, flood, mold, or other mishap. Contact them at 804.282.1281 to ask for a free estimate on emergency property restoration in Laurel.