A string of storms recently sparked several house fires throughout Atlanta, Georgia. Secure Watch, a company that installs ADT fire detection equipment, also encourages families to make a home fire plan so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
Several Atlanta residents confirm that the effects of a house fire are far more than just physical. The loss of personal property can have devastating effects on a person’s emotional and mental health. Knowing how to prevent fires is essential. Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is equally important.
A person’s first concern in the event of a house fire should be to get to safety, note the team at Secure Watch. If a house has Secure Watch installed, the smoke and fire detector will alert ADT at the sign of fire. ADT will then contact the fire department if an actual fire is detected.
Fire departments around the country stress that having a safety plan in place for a fire is critical. Secure Watch agrees. The company encourages customers to create a plan and to go over it monthly.
The plan should lay out paths to the exits. A home should have at least two ways to get out in the event of a fire. Multi-story homes should have a fire escape or escape ladder installed, so that people can exit out of the window if necessary.
People should also plan for the worst. For example, if one exit is in the kitchen, people should plan to use other exits, as the kitchen is often the location for many house fires.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to home fire escape plans. Smoke during a real fire makes it difficult to navigate familiar pathways. People might want to have fire drills and practice exiting the house with their eyes closed. Parents should stress to children that getting out of the house in the event of a fire is more important than saving toys and other objects.
Secure Watch also notes the importance of keeping smoke detectors in working order. An ADT smoke alarm will alert the company and the residents when the battery is low.
Secure Watch provides home security systems to customers. The company has partnered with ADT, a leading provider of home security systems. Customers can choose a home security system from Secure Watch that best meets their needs.