Do you have an escape route?
A fire can happen suddenly and grow quickly. Fire can become deadly and needs to be taken seriously. Is your family or business ready if a fire were to happen in your environment?
For most the answer to this question is no. The first step to fixing this issue it to make a plan for where everyone is located and how to handle it. The best way to do this, is to map it out. Put pen to paper with the layout of your home and/or business, where each individual or group is located, and what route they need to take during an evacuation.
After making a map be sure to mark on that map where all of the smoke alarms are. To be up to standards there should be one on each level, and ideally one in each room. Make sure that these batteries are changed at least every 6 months.
The next step is to establish the exact place where everyone needs to meet. For a family it may be the giant oak tree across the street. For a business it maybe one place or several place if it is a large establishment. It is important to know where this place is, and how many people should be there. When the fire station comes they will ask if everyone is present and accounted for to know how many and who they need to look for.
When you have made it to a safe place you will finally need to call 911. The fire department, ambulance, and police will be dispatched in ordered to get the fire under control and any medical attention taken care of.
When everything is under control give us a call at SERVPRO to help clean everything up and get you back into your home.