Planning a Fire Escape Plan for the First Time | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
If you have not yet come up with a fire escape plan for your Atlanta household, now is the time. Having a plan in place for escaping a fire is extremely important—once flames start to spread, you will typically only have about two minutes to escape.
Because fires are frightening events, knowing what to do well in advance is the best way to ensure that you and your loved ones will be able to get out in time.
It can be difficult to know where to begin if you have never thought about your fire escape plan, but we are here to help. Below, we have listed out some key considerations so you can be certain that you have all your bases covered as you work to keep your Atlanta household fire safe.
What to Consider When Planning Your First Fire Escape Plan
| Who is in your household? |
- Every household has different needs, so it is important to consider your unique situation from the beginning. For example, if you have young children or pets, your fire escape plan will look different than someone living on their own. Consider who in your household may need help escaping, and be sure to have a plan in place accordingly.
| What is your home’s layout? |
- It is important that you have two exits from every area of the home to account for fires starting from different areas and spreading in different ways. Draw out a blueprint of your home and mark every exit on the map—that way, you will know if areas have an adequate amount and can remedy the situation if they do not. Emergency escape ladders can often be useful for second-floor bedrooms that do not have roof access.
| What are your risk factors? |
- While fires can break out in unpredictable ways, understanding your unique risk factors can help you know where to focus your planning efforts. For example, if you cook a lot, preparing extensively for a kitchen fire is wise. Additionally, if you use space heaters, candles or other risky objects around the home, consider where these are placed in order to determine your risk factor.
*If your Atlanta home has been damaged due to a house fire or suffered smoke damage, you can count on SERVPRO of South Atlanta to help. We offer 24/7 emergency restoration and cleanup services and can start the restoration process as soon as we arrive on site—contact us today at (404) 505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com to learn more about our fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup services.