Dr Oz: How to Survive a Fire
How would you react if a fire suddenly broke out in your home? Today’s Dr. Oz Show is literally a matter of life and death because if a fire starts in your home you have very little time to save yourself before it gets out of control. Could you survive a fire? Find out right now and learn how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency!
Dr Oz: Fire Safety Misconceptions
Elisabeth Leamy of Consumer Reports says the biggest misconception people have about fires is that they have plenty of time to gather important items before getting out of the house. She says this is simply not true because today’s homes burn a lot faster because so many of the furnishings are made from artificial fibers and that is why you need to get out as quickly as possible.
- Temperatures in a house fire reach 500 degrees in just 3-4 minutes and 1,000 degrees within 8 minutes!
- 60-80% of fire victims do not die from burns, but instead from inhaling smoke or poisonous gases from the fire.
Dr Oz: How to Create a Fire Escape Plan
Dr. Oz says if you do not make the right first decision when a fire breaks out in your home, it could sadly be the last decision you ever make, so having a plan could literally save your life. One of the most common mistakes many people make is calling 9-1-1 before leaving their home. This could be a deadly error because you could be on hold for 3-4 minutes just waiting to speak with a dispatcher and losing precious time to get you and your family out of the fire safely. Elisabeth Leamy says creating a fire escape plan is the first step to getting out fast and saving your family.
- Draw a floorplan of your home
- For every room in the house, mark two ways to get out because you need options.
- Use doors as your first option and windows as your second option, unless you live in a two-story home where a window might be your first option.
- Touch a closed door before opening it. If it’s hot, the fire could be right on the other side, so you will need to use a window to get out.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows how to open the windows in your home, even the children.
- Practice your escape plan. Practice by crawling because smoke and heat rise. Also, practice with your eyes closed since the smoke could impair your vision.
- Do family fire drills twice a year.
Dr Oz: Fire Escape Plan – Set up a Meeting Place
Once everyone follows the fire escape plan and gets out of the house safely, it is important to have established a meeting place. Elisabeth Leamy says it is even a good idea to make a spot you can see from a window so you can check and make sure your kids made it out safely.
- Make sure you tell your kids it is okay for them to get out of the house without you if a fire breaks out.