Home Fire Safety is Essential During COVID-19
Pandemic lockdowns are contributing to the risk of residential fires—which have the greatest potential for death and injury.
What can you do to be safer from home fires?
Home fires can happen even with diligent safety measures. Wiring or devices can go bad, and there is a risk of fires spreading from neighbors in closely packed residences, along with the potential for arson. This is why it's essential to always have the right fire protection equipment and plans to react to an emergency.
You often don’t have a lot of time to escape home fires. Research has shown that flashover can occur in less than five minutes and as little as two. This phenomenon is "the sudden involvement of a room or an area in flames from floor to ceiling caused by thermal radiation feedback." Essentially, when enough fuel is present, the fire expands rapidly, and no life can survive in the area.
Almost half of the victims who died in residential fires were trying to escape when they were killed. This is why it’s imperative to develop and practice a fire evacuation plan and have working smoke detectors.
Active fire protection: Smoke alarm and fire extinguishers.
Homeowners doing something to control or extinguish a fire—vs. just trying to escape—is a viable option in certain scenarios. Basically, if the fire is small enough and you catch it in time, there may be time to put it out safely.
The first rule is to have these items on hand and know how they work.
How to use a fire extinguisher
It can be difficult to think clearly during an emergency, so fire safety has a long-standing acronym to help you recall the steps involved in operating your fire extinguisher. When extinguishing a fire, you should PASS:
P: Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher.
A: Aim the extinguisher nozzle on the hose low, toward the base of the fire.
S: Squeeze the handle or lever to discharge the extinguisher.
S: Sweep the nozzle back and forth. Keep the fire extinguisher aimed at the base of
the fire and move it from side to side until the flames are extinguished. Fire extinguishers can be a small but important part of the home fire safety plan. They can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or suppressing it until the fire department arrives.
During and after COVID lockdowns, practice smart home fire safety
The pandemic, now cresting in a second wave, has many more of us at home for many more hours. And fire risks are higher as we spend all of this time at home. Take some time to achieve better fire safety. Make a plan, close bedroom doors, check on or get those extinguishers and smoke detectors, and practice cooking, heating, and electrical safety. And take a hard look at installing Fire Alarms and Fire Extinguishers.
Also, maintain this vigilance long after pandemic restrictions lift. A few simple, commonsense steps may save your life or the lives of your loved ones.
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