Simple Rules for Fire Safety

qaisahmaadi By qaisahmaadi, 1st Nov 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Best case scenario: prevent a fire from happening in the first place! But if a fire does break out, be prepared to take action, rather than sticking your head in the sand.
Fires can break out for a number of reasons, we are surrounded by potential fire hazards such as electrical wiring, and for this reason, the installation of an apt system to detect fire and smoke, as well as fire equipment testing are key to a safe and secure environment, both at work and at home.

Rules to Avoid or Prevent a Fire Altogether

A fire hazard refers to any action that may exacerbate the possibility of a fire breaking out or one that would lead to an increase in the severity of an already existing fire. There are many precautionary measures that can be adopted in order to prevent fires.

• Always keep combustible gases and flammable substances in a well-ventilated area away from possible open flames. The simplest example would be to ensure that cans of compressed gases and any fuel such as petrol or alcohol be kept away from the kitchen area.

• Promptly replace any firefighting equipment that has been consumed.

• Call a trained professional to inspect and repair electrical faults such as sparking, or sockets heating up.

• Never smoke when not completely alert. A drowsy person's hand could drop and embers from a burning cigarette may lead to the sofa upholstery or other materials to catch fire.

• Always put out a cigarette butt properly, no burning embers should be left.

• Make sure that the stove is turned off when not in use. For that matter, any system with heating equipment such as stoves should be in a room with plenty of windows to avoid accumulation of harmful gases in an enclosed space.

• Unplug all electrical appliances after use. This is particularly important for heavy appliances.

• Aim to avoid the use of extensions. Plugging in of multiple appliances can lead to overloading of circuits. This can, in turn, lead to short circuits and thus fire.

Rules to follow in case a Fire does Break Out

Installation of systems such as smoke and heat detectors, as well as regular testing of equipment such as smoke alarm maintenance, are steps that can greatly reduce the likelihood of fires occurring or causing major damage to life and property.
In case of both home and office environments, fire safety measures should be regularly reinforced to ensure that every individual is intimately aware of steps that ought to be taken to avoid aggravating the situation.

• Call up your local fire department. The contact numbers for all emergency services should be taped to more often frequented areas such as the fridge door for easy accessibility. It is preferable that these numbers be memorized to avoid wasting any time in a precarious situation.

• Always have an escape plan ready. This applies not only to office environments but also at home. Children should be well aware, as should adults how to open windows and what escape routes are safe to adopt in case of an emergency.

• Never hide inside closets or enclosed spaces in case of a fire.

• As part of your fire escape plan, responsibilities should be clearly designated in order to avoid confusion. For instance, it should be pre-decided who would be in charge of the evacuation of pets and family members, and who is to call the emergency services.
• Fire extinguishers should not be limited to just workplaces. They should be present in houses as well and their correct usage should be taught to children and adults alike. Ideally, fire extinguishers should be present on every floor in an easily accessible area at a height that can be reached by all.

In case you are stuck inside in case of a fire and are unable to escape, attempt to seal off areas which might allow smoke to enter and thus lead to suffocation.
Fire safety is no joke. The smallest bit of distraction while operating the stove in the kitchen, for instance, could lead to a huge impact. It is for this reason that any interaction with such instruments should be handled with care and fire equipment testing be performed as part of a pre-defined routine. You can never be too safe!


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Qais is working as a professional Researcher since 5 years. Currently, He is writing on fitness, Home Decoration, and Tech.

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