We absolutely love the family that our Lord has given to us and we, as the nurturers that we are, love to care for others especially in the time of need. This is why it’s so important we prepare for emergency situations even if, God willing, they never occur. Considering the parable of the lamp oil (below) the Bible discusses the need to be prepared ahead of time, even if we think we don’t need to be. In our care, this is how we show ourselves to be good stewards with all the blessings in our hands. With that being said, in this article we will be discussing fire safety and escape plans. Although thankfully we have not had to deal with a structural fire, I’m so glad I had this discussion with my family because what we teach them will not depart from them, (Proverbs 22:6.)
Fire Safety and Escape Plan
- First, draw a simple floor plan of your home.
- Second, mark all smoke alarms which should also include carbon monoxide alarms. Be sure all alarms have fresh batteries and are in working order.
- Next, locate all possible exits as routs of escape. This should include all windows and doors.
- Ideally, your home will have at least two exit ways out of each room.
- Smoke rises so practice crawling on the floor away from fiery areas and toward the closest exit.
- Discuss closing all doors after leaving a room to help prevent the spread of smoke and flames, and giving your family additional moments to escape.
- Wet towels placed at the bottom of doors, and even duct tape can also prevent the spread of smoke through doors and vents.
- If you home has 2 floors or more, consider purchasing an escape ladder for each upstairs room.
- Move all items out of the way of escape exits.
- If you don’t already have them, purchase fire extinguishers and place them closest to dangerous areas such as the kitchen or boiler room.
- Select an outside meeting place in case of actual emergency.
- Sit your family down for this meeting and discuss the plan.
- Walk through your home with all members of the household reenacting possible scenarios for each room.
- If there are young children, elderly or anyone in the household who may need assistance, be sure to assign a family to assist each person.
- Practice this weekly until your family can run through the motions with ease.
- In an actual fire, choose the fastest route of escape.
- Should you be caught without an escape, open windows near you to let fresh air in. Know that most times, it is smoke inhalation that kills before fire reaches the victim.
- Once you are out of the home, do not return! Firs spread quickly and re-entry is extremely dangerous! We realize some items cannot be replaced, but no item is more important than your loved ones.
- If you are in a high-rise building, and the fire is below you, you should practice how to safely seal yourself in and how to contact emergency services. Sealing yourself in will require you to seal off doors with wet towels, and to seal off door frames and vents with duct tape.
- Be sure to follow these safety tips when staying overnight at other locations and make plans with your family each time.
Remember, no one plans a home fire, but sometimes they happen – preparation is key!
God bless you and yours!
Father God, we thank You for Your protection over lives, even when they enemy attempts to strike. We know that You will keep those who trust in Your name, Lord, and that You will give wisdom to those who ask. We ask You today Father God that You will bless us with discernment and righteous wisdom should an emergency occur, that we would be able to protect our families with the help of your angels whom You have sent to encamp round about us in a hedge of protection. We thank You Father God that the waters will not overflow us and the flames will not kindle upon, for You are our figure and strength. We plead the Psalm 91 hedge of protection upon our loved ones and we thank You for Your presence and Your help in every area of our lives. We thank You for Your salvation and protection. In Jesus’ mighty and powerful name we pray, Amen.
Matthew 25 (NLT) “Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids”
1 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ 13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
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