A house fire can create a distressing situation for all involved. The best way to be ready for a house fire is by being prepared with a plan, including having fire blankets, fire extinguishers and a fire ladder close by. This means that your family needs to know what to do in case of a fire, including what exits to use. It is even helpful, particularly for young children, to practice a home fire drill. If you live or sleep on an upper floor of the home, flames and smoke may block your only exit. Sometimes the only way out is through the window using a fire ladder.
If your home is on fire, the first thing to do is to feel the doorway for heat. Never open up your door if it feels warm or hot. Instead you will need to get to the window, which is why a fire ladder is a necessity. Make sure that the window is free from heat and flames before opening it. If you can’t open the window, break the glass. The open window will provide you with fresh air so that you can breathe more easily. Get a wet rag and hold it over your mouth and nose if the smoke is filling your room.
A fire ladder is easy to use: Simply open up the ladder, with the long part dangling outside the window. The fire ladder has two large hooks, which fit easily over the windowsill to secure the ladder in place. If there is someone outside, alert him or her that you are coming down the ladder. If there are several people who need to use the ladder, assist children or the elderly down it. The fire safety ladder will hang down far enough to get you safely to the ground from the second floor. Once you reach the ground, run safely away from the building to get fresh air and avoid heat and flames.
Each upstairs room should have a fire ladder. A fire safety ladder often comes in a box that can be kept under the bed or near the window. Make sure you know exactly where the ladder is located so you can find it even in the dark. Don’t wait until there is a house fire to hook up the ladder. Take it out of the box and see how it attaches to the window, so that you will be able to do it quickly in an emergency. Explain the fire ladder to everyone in the home. Most important, a fire safety ladder helps save lives.…