Your home should be a place of safety, peace, and relaxation, but this can only be the case if you are affording the necessary level of care.
Firescape has crafted this guide on how to prevent fires, information on escaping a blaze, and a handy product that could make all the difference.
General Tips and Advice
Electrical fires make up a large number of dwelling incidents and can also be one of the most destructive types of fire. A common cause is overloaded outlets, so check the maximum voltage for any adapters you are using. Just because you can put multiple plugs in, doesn’t mean you should.
Ensuring your various wires and appliances are in good condition is a must too, since damaged electrical items can contribute to an ignition. Be careful about the kind of technology you’re plugging into extensions; things like heaters or air conditioning units should never be powered in this way.
You need to be aware of any potential fire hazards littered around your living spaces too, as lots of clutter can prove disastrous. If you have lots of paper or cardboard items in your home, in other words easily combustible objects, ensure they are nowhere near any heat sources.
Similarly, you should be mindful of potential hazards that are not electricity-based or appliances. For example, if you or another member of the household is a smoker, then ensure they are doing this outside and any ashtrays are stored well away from anything flammable.
Smoke Alarms and Escape Routes
While the steps we’ve mentioned will help prevent a potential breakout, you can never be 100% safe from a house fire. If this does happen, there are two critical aspects to consider; detecting the initial blaze and then evacuating the premises.
The former might sound a little silly at first, you’re obviously going to notice a large ignition, but small sparks can grow exponentially. You need to know when a fire has ignited as soon as possible, since every second count. For this reason, you must ensure all your smoke alarms are positioned correctly and are in perfect working order.
First, you should aim to have at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home. It’s a good idea to check any accompanying instructions to see how to set them up.
Once you have identified the fire, you need to assess the best course of action. In this situation, a well-rehearsed escape plan can prove invaluable, and setting one up isn’t too tricky.
Identify the best exits around the house and make sure you have multiple options since there is every chance one of those routes will be blocked.
With your plan in place, go over it with any other members of the household. This is especially important if you have children, or vulnerable adults living with you, as you will have to monitor them if such a scenario occurs.
When evacuating, remember to stay as low to the floor as possible, as smoke rises and can be extremely harmful if you’ve inhaled a large amount. It isn’t just bad for you to breathe in either, dwelling fire fumes can be very thick too, which could severely impact your visibility. If this happens in a room downstairs, you may have to use a window upstairs as an emergency exit. Once you have left the property, notify the fire brigade and wait for them to arrive.
Get an Effective Extinguisher
While you should always contact the emergency services when a fire breaks out, certain blazes can be dealt with yourself if you have the right equipment.
What you need is a fast-acting, effective extinguishing solution, and Firescape has just the thing. Introducing Spray-Safe and Pan-Safe, the effective fire extinguishers available on the market. Both are highly portable and can even fit in your kitchen draws, plus there are no finicky mechanical parts, so there is no risk of malfunction.
They are designed with ease of access in mind, and are the eco-friendliest fire extinguishers out there, and leaves no toxic residue behind. Why not protect yourself with our Home-Safe kit, available at a special discount in our fire safety shop?