A few weeks back, an old friend in high school posted in a social networking site a charred part of their home. I was shocked to learn that someone close to me could have lost their home because of fire. It’s mere luck that her spouse woke up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water in their kitchen and saw a part of their home burning. I shudder to think of what could have happened if nobody woke up that night.
We can easily prevent fire from happening in our home. There are many fire safety device that will help us keep our family safe. Here are some fire prevention and safety tips that could help us fire-proof our homes.
Check electrical appliance, cords and outlets. Make sure that all electrical appliances are in good condition. Check if there are loose plugs or frayed cords. If there are any, have a professional electrician fix it for you. Outlets should not be overloaded with plugs, same goes for extension cords. If the appliance is not in use, remember to remove the plug from the outlet. Also double check if you are using the correct wattage in your appliances. Do not leave electrical appliances unattended.
Install fire safety devices. Fire extinguishers and smoke alarms from fireprotectiononline.co.uk are a must in every home. Make sure that the fire extinguishers are up to date and check monthly if smoke alarms are working.
Be vigilant of your surrounding. Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children’s reach. If lighting candles, make sure that it is away from easily combustible materials such as curtains, pillows, couches and mattresses. Extinguish it before going to bed or out of the room. If possible, store flammable supplies such as kerosene, gasoline and some flammable cleaning supply outside of home. Make sure that LPG tanks are always turned off when not in use.
Be informed. Conduct fire safety drills in your home, especially to young children. Remind them to inform an adult if they heard the smoke alarm. Point them the direction of the fire exits at home. Teach them the rules of STOP, DROP AND ROLL (stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth to smother the flame) should they caught fire in their clothes. If they are big enough to use the fire extinguisher, teach them to remember the word *PASS.
- Pull the pin. Release the lock with the nozzle pointing away from you.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
* Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)