You’re sound asleep and get woken up by smoke, flames and smoke detectors going mad! Not what you’re wanting is it, scared, panicked and in shock, you’ve got less than two minutes to get out the house before smoke/flames engulf the building. With such little time to act and factor in the shock, it’s vital you plan for this moment and protect yourself / prevent this scenario ever happening.
Heres what you can do in case this does happen. Plan your escape route before hand, draw out a map of your house, including the windows, doors, hallways and identify your exits. Come up with a plan that everyone in the house knows about, then have a contingency in place in case that exit is blocked. The next thing you can do is have a fire extinguisher at hand. The fire might be small enough that you can put out yourself. Always phone the fire brigade first but having an extinguisher can prevent a small fire turning into a fully engulfed building. If there’s loads of smoke and heat just get yourself out the house.
How to prevent a fire:-
- Install fire alarms and smoke detectors –Having a warning system in place can save your life. Smoke doctors can inform you that there is a fire before things get out of control.
- Keep flammable items away from anything hot – So fireplace places, ovens, electric heaters etc.
- Smoke outside – Don’t do it indoors
- Don’t leave phone chargers in over night – just don’t do it, they can over heat and catch fire.
- Have your heating serviced by a professional
- Get fire proof insulation – Fire proof insulation slows the spread of flames, it also doesn’t release toxic smoke.
- Cavity Barriers – Having cavity barriers installed prevents the spread of fire and smoke through concealed cavities.
- Fire blankets at hand – If its a small fire, have a fire retardant blanket to extinguish a small fire. The blanket smothers the fire before it has a chance to grow bigger.
- Home fire sprinklers – Having these installed reduce flames and cool the place down a bit.
- Remove the lint from your dryer filter – This should be done after every use, a clogged filter can reduce the airflow needed to keep the vents from heating up. It also makes your dryer less efficient.
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There’s almost 12 billion estimated personal property loss from fires each year. 3 out of 5 fire related deaths occur on properties with no more alarms. Fire isn’t something to be messed about with, ensuring your property is safe and secure can save lives. Fire proofing your house can also increase the value too.
September 11, 2017