Precautions that are taken to prevent the likelihood of a fire that may result in death, injury or property damage are recognised as fire safety. Manuals for fire safety in the home give home owners advice on how to prevent fires and what to do in case there is a fire at home. If you do not have access to any fire safety guide, you can check out your local fire and rescue service center where you can get free tips on how to prevent fire outbreaks and also advice that can help you and others get out of the residence rapidly in case a fire does occur. This is most essential especially for people who do not have home insurance.
Home fire safety tips:
- Install smoke alarms. This is the simplest step you can take to reduce the risks of a fire breaking out in your home.
- Fit smoke alarms on each level of your home and test the batteries every week if possible and make sure to change them if they are not working. Do not ever leave a smoke alarm without batteries even for a day.
- Avoid overloading sockets: when too many electrical appliances are plugged into one socket it is at a high risk of overheating from the overload. Try to at all times to keep one plug per socket. Also make sure that the electrical appliances you plug into your socket are not poorly wired.
- Candles should be used meticulously, a huge variety of fires are caused by candles and decorative lights. For fire safety, when you light a candle ensure it is secured in a steady candle holder and kept away from curtains, newspapers and fabrics and when you are leaving the room or going to bed remember to often put out any lit candles.
- Put out cigarettes. More people die in fires triggered by cigarettes than in fires triggered by anything else. People who smoke should make sure that they stub cigarettes and dispose of them carefully to avoid causing a fire.
- Take extra care in the cooking area. Keep the stove away from anything flammable including pot holders, paper towels and towels. Take care when using hot oil to cook and make sure you never leave children alone in the cooking area when the stove is on.
- Keep matchboxes away from the children’s reach at all times.
- Plan an escape route: planning an escape route is the best way of being prepared for a fire break out. This is to make sure that in case of a fire you and your family will be able to escape safe and appear. examining for fire hazards just about everyday before bed is also a good fire safety precaution.