We’ve written a few blogs about home safety when it comes to intruders and theft, but there are also other risks to your home that you might not have thought of yet. Fire safety for homes is both an important and current issue. With fire safety constantly evolving, its important to remind yourself often of the most important tips to keep you and your family safe.
We’ve shortlisted a few of the most important ones in this blog – it’s an important read!
1. Make a fire action plan
It’s important that everyone in the household knows what to do in the case of a fire. Depending on the location of the fire, it may not always be possible for you to reach others. Make sure children know tips to make a safe escape that they may not have thought of – ie. not to open a door that has a hot handle. Arrange a meeting point that is a safe distance from the house and out of the way of traffic – this might be a neighbour’s drive.
2. Do Not Leave Candles Unattended
Whilst candles add a great ambiance to rooms and often smell nice, it’s important to not leave them unattended, and certainly don’t leave them lit overnight. An open flame is one of the easiest ways for an accidental fire to start.
3. Take Care in the Kitchen
It’s wise to educate yourself on different types of kitchen fires, and how to put them out. Because of the image we have in our head of firemen with their hoses, we often assume that the best way to tackle any fire is with water. However, this is not true of cooking oil fires. Because the oil is lighter than water, attempting to throw water on a chip pan fire will cause an extremely dangerous explosion effect and likely make the fire spread. Instead, starve the fire of oxygen by covering it – you can do this with a pan lid, salt, or a large cloth.
4. Fit a Fire Alarm and Test It Regularly.
Last, and most importantly, ensure that you have a working fire alarm installed.
Fire alarms are incredibly sensitive to CO2 fumes, and will be able to detect a fire long before you would be roused from sleep by the smell of smoke. Fire alarms save hundreds of lives every day. Remember to test the battery regularly – at least once a month – and replace the whole unit at least every 10 years.
Follow these tips for fire safety for homes and you will be able to ensure that you and your family have the best chance to safely evacuate in the case of an emergency. Contact RACAM to find out how we can help install the newest and best fire alarms in your home.