Power4Patriots Responds to Illinois House Fire With Strategies for Dealing With this Potential Problem

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Three family members and two caregivers were rescued from a house fire in Prairie View, Ill., recently. In response, Power4Patriots recommends 12 ways that homeowners can deal with this potential calamity.

Any interior doors should be opened very slowly, if at all. The fire on the other side of the door could be worse.

A recent house fire in Prairie View, Ill., nearly cost the lives of three family members and two caregivers who were in the home at the time, according to the Vernon Hills Review.

Power4Patriots is best known for teaching people how to build their own environmentally-friendly sources of energy such as solar panels and wind turbines so that they can slash their power bills and be safe when power outages occur. But the company is also very interested in keeping homeowners safe.

Fire damage is one of the most significant problems a house can experience. Accidents can happen to anyone, but homeowners who take precautions will decrease their odds of becoming victims of a house fire.

Here are Power4Patriots’ four ways to prepare for a potential house fire:

  •     Practice an evacuation plan with the family, both by sight and feel. It’s possible that the thick smoke of a fire will make it difficult to see. Have pre-arranged meeting places for family members.
  •     Make sure that all doors, windows, screens and security bars can be easily opened by everyone living in the home.
  •     Install smoke alarms and change the batteries regularly. The most reliable types of alarms are dual-sensor smoke detectors. Also, use a carbon monoxide detector.
  •     Keep a couple of fire extinguishers handy (one for the kitchen and one in the master bedroom) in order to keep small fires from spreading.

Here are Power4Patriots’ four action steps to take during a house fire:

  •     Head to the nearest exit quickly. Getting down low will be safer if smoke is in the air.
  •     Any interior doors should be opened very slowly, if at all. The fire on the other side of the door could be worse.
  •     Once outside of the house, call 911. Don’t try to do this until family members are safe.
  •     Do not go back into a burning building.

Here are Power4Patriots’ four things to do following a house fire:

  •     Even after a house fire has been extinguished, charred beams and other items can fall. Don’t go back in until the fire department gives the OK.
  •     Contact the insurance agent and landlord or mortgage company to report the fire.
  •     Assess the damage to all valuables and make a comprehensive list.
  •     If planning to leave the residence for one or more days following the fire, notify the police, as the house could become a target of thieves.

Check out this Power4Patriots blog post to learn the best place to create and keep a list of valuables in order to be prepared for a house fire.

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