Around 60% of fire fatalities accounted in the world are in residential homes. Therefore it is important to take preemptive measures to avoid any mishap. And, this starts with testing of fire protection equipment to keep your home safe from accidental fires. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to avoid fire accidents at home, keeping your family safe.
1. Install and test fire alarm regularly
First, you must install a fire alarm on each level of your house for comprehensive fire protection. These fire alarms are usually installed in the middle of the ceiling, away from walls or lights.
There are two main types of fire alarms – Ionisation and Optical. You can consult a fire safety specialist to install the one most suitable for your environment.
Another important aspect of fire alarm safety is to test it on a regular basis to avoid malfunctioning.
2. Take care when cooking
Over 50% of accidental fires in homes are related to cooking, so take extra care while working in the kitchen. You must pay close attention to cooking areas to make sure you don’t get distracted. If you need to go away, make sure to take the pans off the burner or turn the heat down. Never leave children alone in the kitchen when food is being prepared.
3. Check for hazards before sleeping
It takes longer to become aware of a fire when you’re sleeping. Therefore, it is important that you keep a check on fire equipment before going to bed. Simply go take a quick trip to your kitchen and check if all cooking appliances are unplugged. Make sure candles are put out. Turn off heaters. This will ensure there are no accidental fires while you are asleep.
Plus, all the exit ways must be clear of obstruction to run out quickly in case of fire spread.
4. Put out cigarettes properly
More fire accidents are likely to occur due to cigarettes. If you’re a smoker, make sure you stub it out properly and dispose of carefully. Never smoke in bed or when drowsy. And keep lighters, matchboxes, and other smoking materials out of the reach of children.
5. Use candles carefully
Candles, (as well as decorative lights) are also an increasing cause of fires. So make sure you are taking precautionary steps while using any of these items. Keep candles stable and secure in holders, and keep them away from fabrics, curtains, and paper – especially when going to bed.
6. Use heaters carefully
Plug-in heaters use a lot of electricity, which is why they could be one of the reasons for fire ignition. Therefore, it is important to keep your heater away from curtains, fabrics, and furniture. You can also install a fireguard around your heater to prevent contact with flammable material, pets and children.
7. Storing combustible materials
Flammable liquids and combustible materials must be stored carefully in the house. Store flammable liquids in cool, well-ventilated areas, and keep them away from ignition sources. It is also important to keep flammable and combustible materials clear of electrical and gas cupboards.
8. Install fire extinguisher
In case of an emergency, high-quality fire protection equipment makes a difference between life and death. Different types of fire extinguishers are perfect for enhancing fire safety. So, analyze your house and indoor environment before buying a fire extinguisher.
However, most homeowners keep a dry powder extinguisher to combat Type A, Type B, and Type C fires.