Fire Safety In The Home – Let’s Face It, Most People Don’t Bother Until It’s Too Late

When fire strikes, it is all-consuming and destructive. No other subject I can think of holds the same ‘it will never happen to me’ attitude as does the subject of Fire Safety in the Home. Most people reading this article at this moment will probable close it, and go and search for a more interesting topic; but before you go, did you know that many people have unreported incidents of house fires, ranging from electrical faults, cooking distractions and cigarette smoking.

The majority of fires are small and if you have the correct equipment can be dealt with on site, without the need to call the fire brigade. The most destructive types of domestic fires happen at night when the family is asleep; when this occurs it is essential to have the correct alarms fitted to enable the house residents to exit the premised quickly and call the Fire Department; but of course, you knew all this already: so if you do, are you sure you have effective fire alarm systems in your house? If not, here are some tips to make your family safer.

Firstly, it is impossible to make a general sweeping statement as to how to protect your home from fire. Every house has different risks. There are however some general common sense rules that will apply to everyone.

Electrical equipment is a risk area in your home. You should always check plugs are not overloaded, and that wiring is not too old.

Children should be made aware of fire hazards in the home. Responsible parenting such as keeping lighters and matches away from children is an obvious preventative measure.

Smoking cigarettes is another source of danger, if you have to smoke in the house, never do it in bed, or when you are tired and lying down watching TV.

Moveable heating systems such as those with gas bottles should be maintained correctly and checked every year.

You do need at least one fire extinguisher and or fire blanket in your house.

Smoke detectors are cheap and easy to fit, so why take a risk for yourself and your family.

The above was a common sense look at protecting your house and family from fire hazards; common sense is good enough in most cases to prevent a fire incident, but even the most careful household may have an incident that just couldn’t be predicted, in this case just make sure that you have the right fire fighting equipment available keep it as an incident, and not a tragedy. You are not obliged by law to protect your house from fire hazard, but are you really prepared to put your children’s lives at risk? Get prepared; Be safe; stay alive.


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