Did you know that it takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to become a major fire? According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. While cooking and heating equipment are two leading causes of home fire injuries, the leading cause of home fire deaths are smoking materials. In order to try and prevent these types of accidents from occurring, it’s necessary to take certain safety precautions that’ll help prevent and avoid unfortunate events.
Basic Fire Safety Tips
While being prepared at all times for certain disasters and accidents should be a priority, it’s always a good idea to become more aware of specific things that could cause fires in your household and learn how to properly handle certain equipment and appliances so you’d decrease the chance of fires. For instance, it’s crucial to have a designated space for all your combustible substances and to make sure they’re not in short proximity of any furnaces, heaters, stoves and similar. Also, smoking in bed is one of the leading causes of home fires, so it’s wise to avoid smoking in bed or around any flammable surfaces. Make sure not to use any damaged electrical outlets and to avoid plugging too much appliances at the same time as this could cause some major issues.
One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family members from possible fire outbreaks is to properly install smoke alarms all around the household. While a smoke alarm can’t actually prevent house fires, it can detect the smoke and give you just enough time to make your escape to safety. It’s crucial to test your alarms every month, so you’d be sure that they’re working properly. Most fire related accidents occur because a home doesn’t have smoke alarms or has faulty ones.
Equipping your home with fire extinguishers is another crucial component of fire safety. Having proper equipment can greatly help you guard against smaller fires or even keep larger fires under control. There are different classifications of fire extinguishers based on the class of fire for which they’re suitable. A typical household or an office should have an ABC rating on their extinguisher.
Fire Escape Plan
Last but certainly not least, keep in mind the importance of designing a detailed fire escape plan. Every house should have at least two emergency exits from their household, in case it happens that one is blocked by a fire. For those living in second-story homes, it’s necessary to equip a house with emergency ladders in every room. Of course, having an emergency escape plan can be effective only if it’s practiced frequently. It’s a good idea to seek professional fire safety services so you’d be sure that your home is equipped with all the necessary equipment in case of fires and that you and your family are properly trained and know how to act during emergencies. It’s crucial to involve the whole family in this training program, especially if you have small children, as its necessary for children to learn at least the basic things such as: following the escape plan, keeping low at all times, not stopping to gather any valuables and waiting at a designated meeting place outside.
Nobody tends to think about disastrous events in which you can lose your whole house, life and family. But the unfortunate reality is that accidents do happen and that you do have the power to prevent them or at least, provide your family and home with safety and protection they need.