June 24, 2017

What Would You Do if There Was a Small House Fire?

Dinner is cooking and you leave the kitchen briefly. A minute later the fire alarm starts screeching.

So, what would you do?

(Check the comments section to see the answers from everyone as well as to add your own.)

A quick note

I wrote an article last year about fire safety called Fire Safety, Before and After the Fan. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it, especially if you have small children. If your family doesn’t have an evacuation plan, this article can give you some pointers.



  1. Chris Ray says:

    We have an ABC rated fire extinguisher in the kitchen, which we should be able to get to. If we cannot get to it, there are two others within a few steps that we could get to.

    If they are too small for the job we would each grab our dog and head out the deck door or out one of the first level windows and meet across the street at the mail box. If we didn’t have our cell, we would go and ask the neighbors to call.
    If we were able to put it out, depending on the damage, we might still call them and the insurance agent.

  2. Thomas says:

    I recommend folks use their fire extinguishers for means of ESCAPE!!! Leave the firefighting for the pros! Keep them accessible and up to date. The equipment operators are to inspect theirs daily and I am required to check all of them monthly and they are professionally inspected yearly. Still our rule of thumb is use them to get yourself out of the situation. Now in a post collapse situation the rules at home will have to be changed, since the big shiny red truck will not be on its way. But for now use your head and remain safe. God bless.

  3. Chris Ray says:

    In the vast majority of cases that’s solid advice Thomas.

  4. Small house fire don’t stay small long, best to get out and then call 911. It’s best to teach your whole family how to excape. Practice drills are great, don’t forget to practice at night also. Let your children see what a fireman looks like in their gear also , it can be scary seeing them.

    • Chris Ray says:

      yep, if you don’t catch it within seconds your best bet is getting out. Fantastic idea on letting the kids see fireman in their gear. Make sure and let kids know not to hide from them.

  5. My advice is call 911 first get them on the way. Fire will double in size every 90 seconds. Wasting 2-3 minutes trying to put it out only delays the time help arrives. Ensure your kids know the different ways to escape and have a meeting place. Please make sure the kids know to never go back in for anything that goes for animals. Meet the fireman to tell them exactly which way to get to the fire or God forbid if someone is trapped. Also as posted earlier a couple of ABC extinguishers are needed. Always make sure you turn them upside down couple times a year and hit them with a rubber mallet. This will ensure that the powder doesn’t settle to much thanks to gravity. Excellent advice on letting kids see fireman in their gear, let them touch it and hear what they would sound like. Also change your batteries at least once a year. We do it at Christmas time a good time to remember since your buying batteries for toys.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Good stuff Jared. I had never heard about hitting the extinguishers with a rubber mallet, interesting and I guess it makes sense.

      • Ya overtime gravity pulls the powder and I guess you could say hardens it. This helps to loosen it and allows you to use the full extinguisher.

  6. I live 18 miles from the closest volunteer fire dept. My insurance company has determined in the event of a fire my home is a total loss. I have fire extinguishers as most folks do. My advice is remain as calm as possible and when my family is safe deal with the problem as effectively as possible. This may not seam like much of a plan, but when everything hits the fan my situation ( as far as dealing with fires) will not change too much.

    • Chris Ray says:

      That’s a tough spot Keith; do you think you do more preventative things knowing that? Like not using candles, etc.?

  7. Sabitri sugrim says:

    Had a bad experience…fire started in oven and I threw water on it ….I got scared…it did went out ….but still in the back of my head….bad experience.

    • I’m really glad the fire went out, and you’re okay. Depending on the fire, water is great. We keep a large home sized fire extinguisher in the kitchen for just such a scenario.

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