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Plan Before Fire Strikes

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguish with blue background Learn to use and maintain a fire extinguisher. Contact a certified authority such as the fire department.

Fire can happen to anyone. The threat is universal and sometimes with the littlest provocations. However, as a Malay Proverb says, “Prepare the umbrella before it rains.” It is essential to follow proper guidelines in preparation for the eventuality of a fire. 

Three Ways to Plan Before Fire Strikes


A clear and well-understood fire escape plan is critical. Having a plan eliminates confusion and decision paralysis that might occur in the heat of an emergency. A few essential components of such a plan include:

  • Make sure windows are easy to open up from the inside. 
  • Know your way around instinctively. Practice feeling around the house in a blindfold or the dark.
  • Ensure children understand to cooperate with firefighters and know where to go should a fire arise.


The earlier you know there’s a fire, the better your chances of surviving. 

Guidelines include:

  • Install smoke alarms. Every area of the house should have a fire alarm.
  • Have a schedule to check and replace the batteries in all alarms
  • Have a plan to test and replace the alarm units.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm (not even when cooking).
  • Have smoke alarm options for people with accessibility needs. The alarm should also trigger sounds, strobe/flashing lights.


These are extra steps to minimize potential losses and ensure all preparation does not go to waste.

  • Create digital copies of relevant documents. Backup these copies to a secure cloud-based service (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.).
  • Learn to use and maintain a fire extinguisher. Contact a certified authority such as the fire department.
  • Consider an automatic fire sprinkler.
  • Ensure your home is not a fire hazard. Keep your home in top safety conditions.

Proper preparation is vital in determining how disastrous a fire hazard would be to you. 

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