Are You Ready? Step 4: If Fire Strikes


Note: In honor of National Disaster Preparedness Month, we are posting a daily series of stories about steps you can take to better prepare your household for when disaster strikes. The goal is to be ready for at least a two-week interruption of food, fuel, communication, and service suppliers, which is what can be expected in a serious, regional disaster.

Do the people who rely on you  know what to doin a house fire?

Do you know where to meet up with other household members fleeing a fire?

Does your house have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers?

"Gather everyone together and ask, 'Hey everybody, if we had a fire, where would we go?" said Greg Walsh, City of Salem Emergency Manager. "Who would take care of the pets? Who would bring the blanket and cell phone?' If you can, safely, of course, do those things."

And know where household members should meet after escaping a fire. It can mean the difference for your safety and for firefighters'.

Conducting a household fire drill only takes about 2-5 minutes, if you're reading this near a member of your household ask them right now where they would meet if your house was on fire.

So here are a few things you can do to be better prepared for a fire at home.


Ready Step 4

By now you have some of the food and supplies you need to be prepared. Today, we're focusing on first aid, and home fire safety. It's important that, in a house fire, everyone knows what to do and how to get out safely.


  • Test your smoke alarms and verify they are working and less than 10 years old



  • Premade first aid kit, or make your own kit. See page 24 of the Red Cross "Prepare! A resource guide."

Success Tip: Test smoke alarms on the first payday of every month: 40% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms; 17% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with fire alarms that weren't working.

Ready Step 1: Are You Ready for What's Coming?

Ready Step 2: The Right Tools Always Help

Ready Step 3: Planning for the Long Haul


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