A typical modern home is a rich indicator of the technological progress mankind has made over the last few decades. Since the advent of electricity, the availability of consumer appliances and their adoption by a modern household has witnessed an ever-increasing trend. We now have the state-of-the-art equipment at our disposal making our domestic environs very safe and comfortable. However, because of the sheer number of gadgets and their dependence on underlying electrical and gas infrastructure, any malfunction can snowball into a possible fire incident. This factor has mandated that the households are aware of such risks and best practices to keep the safety from fire at their homes. The good news is the technology is at our rescue, we have the availability of apparatus which can help us to prevent home fires. Such equipment could warn us early into a fire accident, making precious time available to us for an appropriate recourse. To know more about the fire prevention equipment and practices.
Keep Your Family Safe from Fire
Top Tips for Safety from Fire:
- Get the smoke alarms installed inside the house to cover both the bedrooms and common areas like garage, drawing, and dining rooms.
- Familiarize the children with the sound of a smoke alarm during a fire drill also explain to them the actions to be taken after a smoke alarm goes off.
- Make it a monthly chore to test the smoke alarms, change their batteries if required, or get the faulty ones repaired as appropriate.
- Provide details to all family members of at least two escape routes from each location of the house in addition to the assembly area outside the home which is to be used in case of evacuation.
- Explain to all the households a fire escape plan and have them go through a bi-yearly fire drill for practicing this plan.
- In the event of a fire accident, put into action the escape plan, call emergency services, and remain outdoors unless the property has been declared as “Safe” for habitation by the fire service personnel.
- Perform a dry run of the procedure to report to the emergency services 911 for the family members.
Know about Home Fire Risks
1. Cooking is one of the leading causes of residential fires. Maintain safety from fire while cooking by the following tips:
- Avoid using ovens or stovetop while being sleep deprived, under the weather or the influence of intoxicating substances
- Be alert and mindful around the cooking areas
- Prefer wearing body-hugging clothes while operating stoves
- Hang around the kitchen and regularly check on the food while waiting for the cooking chores to complete
- Use kitchen appliances such as ovens with timers.
- Keep flammable materials away from the stoves.
2. Heating is another prominent factor behind fire incidents at homes. Prevent home fire caused due to heating by taking precautions such as:
- Not to store highly combustible materials such as clothes and chemicals, in the 3 feet vicinity of a kitchen heating equipment
- Keep monitoring fireplaces and other heating apparatus, ensure switching them off when moving away from the venue
- Always place a heating device on a leveled fire-resistant platform
- Keep the heating devices out of reach from young family members and domestic animals
- Buy heating devices with a feature to switch-off at its own in case of a topple
3. Home fire Prevention tips from other foremost contributors to house fire risks such as smoking cigarettes, flames of lighted candles, and electrical malfunctions.
- Encourage house inhabitants to avoid smoking indoors.
- Get the frayed out or bare wires checked out by an electrical expert for proactive repairs.
- Switch to flameless candles.
- Keep matchboxes and other fire lighting devices out of the children’s access
Install a Working Smoke Alarm in Your House
According to a study attributed to the fatalities incurred because of fire incidents in homes, about 60% of them could be directly attributed to the missing or faulty smoke alarms. These alarms form the core of the home fire escape plans which provide for early warnings thereby reducing the risk of death during fire incidents. Follow the recommendation of The National Fire Protection Association about the smoke alarms viz.:
- Get smoke alarms installation done in every part of the house such as bedrooms, and common areas at the prescribed height on walls or at the ceiling.
- Reduce the incidents of false alarms by getting these installed at a location is more than 10 feet away from the places exposed to the controlled fire areas such as a kitchen stove or a fireplace.
- Use special alarms such as strobe lights for hearing impaired in addition to the bed shakers
- Get the smoke alarms tested monthly.
- Get the smoke alarm and carbon-monoxide based detector’s batteries replaced concurrently every year.
- Get the alarms older than 10 years replaced.
Things could go wrong, and accidents can happen however through investing wisely in early fire warning equipment, its maintenance, and awareness about the best practices for preventing home fires, we can act proactively to mitigate and minimize the losses of property and lives.
X-Sense 10-Year Battery Mini Smoke Alarm
- Compact size matching all the installation environment.
- High performance photoelectric sensor.
- High-capacity lithium battery for 10 years of reliable operation.
- Meets the European standard EN 14604 and approved by TÜV.