How to create your home fire safety plan
The best way to protect your property and family from fire is just through the creation of a well defined fire plan. Though this is not a legal requirement is vital for your family to know what to do in case of a fire.
Look up: Smoke alarms
Smoke alarms detect a roaming fire before it reaches you and your family. A well maintained smoke alarm will always keep you protected.
- Install smoke detectors on every floor of your house. They should be on the ceilings of hallways, landings and near the kitchen.
- Always test your alarms every week by pressing the test button. Keep them free from dust.
- Change you smoke alarm detector once every year or install smoke detectors with a 10 year battery.
Look around: Fire hazards
Always be on the lookout for potential fire hazards in the house. These are things that can easily ignite a fire or catch fire.
- Furniture: sofas made before 1988 are very dangerous because they release poisonous fumes when they burn. Make an effort and buy a new sofa.
- Never overload your electrical system. Items that consume a lot of power should always be plugged in on their own sockets. Turn off electrical appliances that are not in use at night, this will also save you some power. Ask an electrician to install in some extra sockets if they are not enough instead of overloading the sockets.
- Make sure that all cigarettes butts are put off and the ash trays are emptied regularly and no smoking is done in bed.
Look sharp: Safety in the kitchen
Kitchen fires still cause 50% of all house fires in the United Kingdom. Below are some tips to make your kitchen safer.
- Always invest in a good deep fryer that has automatic cut outs which is way much safer top use than a pan.
- Keep gloves, towels and clothes away from the cookers in a place where they cannot be set alight by fire.
- Always have a pop fire blanket near our cooker to put out fires.
Look out: A fire escape plan
Its no use of having a fire alarm you have no detailed fire plan. Have your family practice the drill to enforce the plan.
- Look for two escape routes around the the house apart from the front door.
- Keep the keys to all major escape routes within a reachable location and where all family members can easily access them.
- Consider having an escape ladder that can be used during fire emergencies from the escape rooms.
- Set a spot where all the family members will assemble in the event of a fire. This can be near the road or near the house but from a very safe distance.
Teach your family the golden rule of fire evacuation. Everyone should get out and the fire brigade should be called in.