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Having a drill in your home can save you and your family in case of a real emergency. For tips on how to put one together in your household, read this post by Daniel's DKI in Riverside County.

You have them at work, you have them at school, you have them in other venues. However, you spend most of your time in your own house, which is why you should have drills there, too. After all, you obviously want your family to stay safe if a disaster were to occur in your home, right? For tips on how you should put together and carry out a fire drill in your own home, you should continue reading the following post.

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How to Do a Fire Drill at Home

Plan the Drill Thoroughly

If you truly want to help your family prepare properly for an eventuality, you will need to plan your at home drill thoroughly. To that end, it's recommended that you follow the tips mentioned below:
  • First of all, you should let your family know of what you plan to do. More so than that, you should inform them of what the alarm will be to start the drill, where they need to go during the drill, how they should react to the situation, and more.
  • An important part of the planning process will be to set the evacuation routes you and your family will need to take. It's also crucial that you agree on a safe meeting spot in case you get separated during the drill.
  • You should also make sure that you have the necessary tools (e.g. the emergency kit, flashlight, extinguisher, etc.). Keep them in a strategic spot in your home.
  • Of course, the tools won't do any good on their own. You need to learn to use them effectively, so you can use them if needed during the drill, or in a real emergency, if it ever happens.
  • It's a good idea to include your family during the drill. To that end, you should designate roles for each of its members. Likewise, assign a leader that can guide the others to safety.

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Execute the Drill in Your Home

Now it's time to start the actual fire drill in your home. For it to go as smoothly and effectively as possible, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. To know what these are, continue reading.
  • When you're ready to begin the drill, set off one of the smoke alarms in your home. It's recommended that you do this at time in which you know your family is in the house, but aren't necessarily expecting the drill to begin, so you can evaluate their reaction to the unforeseen situation.
  • As mentioned in the planning stage of the 'at home drill' process, you should have a leader that can guide your family out safely, as well as remind them what to do in case of an emergency. Well, since you're going through a drill, this is the perfect time for the leader to practice how they'll lead the other members in your family. They should remind others, for example, to crawl if there's smoke in the house.

End the Drill in an Effective Manner

You did it! You finally went through a drill in your home to help keep your family safe in an eventuality. However, before you all return to your regularly scheduled programing, there are things to do to close the situation effectively. Here's what these things are.
  • For starters, you should realize that this is a learning opportunity for everyone in your family. And as such, it is important that you give feedback. For example, you should share with others how the drill went, how they reacted, how quick they were to get to a safe place, and more. It's especially important that you let them know what they could improve, so they can know how they can avoid dangerous situations in an emergency.
  • Last but not least, you should put everything back. As stated above, during the drill, you may need to use a few handy tools (to practice where to grab them, how to employ them, and more). However, if you moved them around, if you used any of them, and more, you need to put them back in their spot and/or restore them if necessary, so they're ready to use if there's an actual emergency.

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