Fire Safety Tips For Your Home
A home is generally a place that is close to the heart of the owner and can become a prized possession accommodating loved ones, family, belongings, properties and valuables. Therefore, losing it to fire is not a desirable experience. Often when there is a fire outbreak in a building, occupant of the building usually few seconds to escape to safety. So, the safest way to deal with fire is to prevent it.
According to Wikipedia, “Fire safety is the set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire”. Fire safety measures include those that are intended to prevent ignition of an uncontrolled fire and those that are used to reduce the development and effects of a fire after it starts.
Fire safety measures include those that are factored in during the construction of a house or put in drafted into finished buildings and those that are taught to occupants of the building.
Common Fire Hazards
- Kitchen fires from unattended cooking appliances (stoves, ovens, gas, etc.).
- Electrical systems that are overloaded, poorly maintained or defective.
- Candles and other lighting devices.
- Smoking (cigarettes, pipers, lighters, etc.).
- Electrical wiring in poor conditions.
- Electronic and electrical equipment.
- Household appliances – clothes dryers, curling irons, hair dryers, refrigerators, freezers, boilers etc.
You can protect your home with these important safety tips:
- Install smoke alarms on most corner of your home. A qualified safety professional should check on the appliances periodically to make sure they are working. He should also run necessary period updates, such as changing weak batteries.
2. Provide portable fire extinguishers within your building or permanently installed fire detection and suppression equipment such a store sprinkler system and fire alarm.
3. Create multiple escape plans and practise them with your family and make sure every occupant of your house understands the plans. Your plans should include escape routes from different parts of the house, tools for exiting the building (escape ladders, removable ceiling/roofing sheet, break out windows) and a designated meeting place. It is very important to practice fire safety with kids, so be sure to familiarize your children with the sounds of the alarm(s).
4. Never smoke in bed: many beds and blankets are made of combustible materials, making it very dangerous to fall asleep with a lit cigarette. The risk increases with the use of alcohol, drugs and medications. A responsible smoker should always extinguish cigarettes in a fireproof ash tray located away from all combustible materials.
5. Keep an eye on your cooking: unattended cooking can cause a fire outbreak in homes. When cooking it is advisable to keep appliances clear of combustible materials such as rags, towels and packaging materials and keep children away from all cooking areas.
6. Check and replace any frayed or damage cord. Don’t overheat outlets with high-wattage devices, spread out your appliances as best as you can. Contact electrician to handle electrical problems. In lighting, use bulbs that match the fixtures or recommended wattage, don’t run extension cords under rugs, carpet, furniture, etc. Cords can heat up, and if it is frayed or worn out, it will most likely cause a fire outbreak.
7. Educate children around you: As an adult, you know how dangerous fires are but that is not enough. Children must understand this as well. take out time to explain to them about the dangers of fire at home. It is also vital to ensure that all sources of fire are kept off the reach of children in your home. Things like match box and lighters should not be kept carelessly.
8. Don’t store fuel at home: some people make a habit of storing fuel in their homes. However, the fact that they do it doesn’t make it right. You best bet in this matter is to completely avoid storing fuel at home. Children may set the home ablaze by bringing ignitable materials close to the fuel. In the case where its unavoidable for you to have fuel at home, make sure the fuel are kept securely in good storage gallon far away from the reach of children.
9. Candles are beautiful but dangerous: candles are very popular and look great in the home. But, despite the many lovely applications of candle at home, it can become a big problem if not handled with proper care. Lit candles must not be placed close to table cloths, curtains and other flammable materials. There is the danger of having it knocked over by children, breeze or restless pets in the home. When using candles, blow them out if you are about to sleep. Make sure you double check all candles that were earlier lit to ensure they have been effectively extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed.
In conclusion, the above simple precautions will help minimize the risk of a fire outbreak in your home.