Fire Safety – How to Protect Your Home

Fire safety at home is extremely important, but it’s amazing how many people neglect it or do the very minimum to protect themselves and their family. Many deaths caused by fire in the home is often due to the lack of having working smoke alarms, which is such an easy thing to fix and keep check of.

House fires are extremely terrifying, and it only takes a couple of breaths of the toxic fumes before a person becomes unconscious. Keep your family safe and follow these tips to prevent any house fires from happening.

Smoke Alarms

The most obvious and simplest one is to make sure you have enough smoke alarms fitted for your home and that they are all in full working order. You will find they have a test button, so you can check if they are still active. If you can’t get yours to work, don’t take any risks, buy a new one.

Regularly Inspect Electrical Appliances

Faulty electrics, such as wiring and overloading sockets, is a common cause of house fires. Regularly check all sockets, looking out for any lose wiring or dark staining, which could mean an electrical fault. Avoid overloading sockets with too many plugs, as this can also lead to overheating. Inspect plugs often to make sure no wiring is visible, or the leads have got damaged. If any kitchen appliances are not working properly, make sure they are checked and fixed properly by an approved electrician for your safety.

Chimney Sweep

If your house has a chimney, ensure it is regularly cleaned and swept. Open fires are becoming more popular again, and they do look great, however they can be a fire hazard. If you are unsure, always speak to a professional.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide poisoning causes deaths yearly, as a result of defective heating appliances. The substance has no taste, smell or colour, and it is produced by burning any fuel, so it truly is a senseless killer. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are not expensive to buy, you can pick them up from most DIY shops. Don’t leave it to chance.

Fire Safety Equipment and First Aid

Do you have any fire safety equipment in the home? Fire extinguishers, blankets and other aids can be extremely helpful and beneficial in case of a fire breaking out in the home. A first aid box is a worthwhile piece of equipment in the event of a family member suffering a scald or burn to the skin.

Building Procedures for Flats

If you live in a block of flats, do you know the fire procedures in place and where the fire equipment and aids are located? Check that this equipment is being regularly inspected and investigate the escape routes, to make sure you know exactly what you need to do if a fire was to break out somewhere in the building.

Don’t leave anything to chance. Improve the fire safety in your home and protect your family from any potential fire hazards.

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