Lil J was so excited to come home and share what she learned during fire safety week at her preschool. She goes through an entire performance it’s so adorable.
Lately I’ve been thinking what we’d do if there really was a fire in our home. As much as I pray that never happens, it’s smart to have a plan in place in case it does. Here are some things you can do to make a good fire escape plan.
1. Draw a floor plan of your home, and an escape path.
If you do this with your kids it’ll help them understand where to go in case of a fire. I printed off a floor plan of our house, then Lil’ J and I traced it and talked about where to go if the fire alarm went off. There are two exits for each room, the window, and door.
The Allstate Information Team says we should create multiple escape route plans so that if one exit is blocked, you and your family can easily adjust to locate another in a time of emergency. We cut out starts and flames to change around and talk about where to go in each instance. It was kind of a fun game.
2. Pick a family meeting spot
I can’t imagine leaving my house without knowing my kids are out first. So if my brilliant kids go straight out where they are suppose to, and I don’t see them in the house, we will meet in our meeting spot, which is (if you ask me, appropriately) right next to a fire hydrant.
3. Practice fire drills
Practice makes perfect. My daughter knows how to undo a deadbolt and we’re working on unlocking and opening windows.
When there is something tragic like a fire, you could lose everything, including some of your precious memories. Your safety is most important, and you should never go back into a burning house to try to save an item. You can replace a computer, but some of those memories you had stored on them may be priceless and irreplaceable. Here are some tips for backing your photos and videos up so you won’t have to lose those too.
Free TB of photos, Videos. Every month I try to dump all of my images for the month into my private Flicker folders for that month. With a free TB of storage just for photos and videos, I’ll likely never run out of space. And if several years down the road I ever do, I can just create another account.
2. Google Plus and/or YouTube
You probably only thought of YouTube as a place to share videos. While that is the site’s main purpose, I also sometimes upload my cellphone videos here in addition to Flickr or Google Plus and set it to private to have an extra place to pull them from in case of an emergency. Unlimited uploads and no limit on how long the video can be (whereas Flickr has a 3 minute limit, and Google Drive will eventually charge you for storage). While it’s not as intuitive on how to get your videos back off of YouTube, it is possible.
3. External Hard Drive & Fireproof Safe
I have a rotating batch of external hard drives that I keep backups of my computers on. I try to keep at least one of them in our fireproof safe, so that if there’s a fire, and I lose my computer and everything on it, I still have a recent backup to fall back on. External drives are so inexpensive these days, you can get one and do a monthly backup that you keep in the safe.
I’m hoping I never have to put all of this planning to use in a real fire, but being prepared will help protect our most precious people and memories just in case. For more ways to better prepare you and your family check out 20 Days to Ready. It’s a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes.