Summer Fire Safety Tips!
With summer turning up the heat in the city,
it makes sense to keep in mind a few fire prevention guidelines.
Below are a few timely suggestions to fireproof your summer.
In this day and age, everything is powered by electricity and electrical malfunctions are among the leading causes of fires, especially at home. Therefore, it is important to ensure that only qualified electricians should make any changes in your property. Conduct regular checks of the electrical cords, outlets and power strips.
Moreover, avoid octopus wiring or connections (multiple plugs in the main electrical outlet or power strip) via extension cords. This can cause sparks that may lead to electrical overload which usually results to explosion that causes fire.
Additionally, remember to use only light bulbs which matches the recommended wattage for every lamp or light fixture. Refer to the sticker or label which indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.
Install fire safety equipment
Installing fire safety equipment such as a smoke alarm on every level of a house or building warns the people inside of the impending danger. The ideal places to have it at home is in the bedrooms, living room, and other common areas with flammable objects. Smoke rises so smoke detectors and alarms should be mounted high on a wall, about a foot from or on the ceiling. Heat detectors are used for areas where smoke is intentionally created like the kitchen as smoke detectors cannot be used in such areas because of their sensitivity to smoke.
It’s important that these smoke alarms are tested every month to ensure that they are working. Otherwise, ensure that batteries are replaced as soon as needed. Best to replace the battery once the smoke alarm chirps. Most failures occur due to a disconnected or dead battery. So always remember to keep a spare one.
Having the proper fire safety equipment can save a life.
Keep a fire extinguisher
Not all types of fire can be extinguished with water so it is very important to have a fire extinguisher. All homes and establishments should have a working fire extinguisher to use in case of fire.
There are 5 types of fire, the first one is Class A, commonly used for organic materials such as cloth and paper. Class B is commonly used for fires produced by liquid flammable materials like gasoline. Class C is commonly used for fires produced by electricity. Class D for metals that combust like magnesium and lithium. Class K is the extinguisher to be used for kitchen fires produced by cooking flammable liquids. Proper Knowledge on these types of fire are key to what kind of fire extinguisher you are to use and an example of this is the ABC powder fire extinguisher or Dry Chemical, which can clear types A B and C fires.
It is also important that everyone in the household and in the office knows how to properly use a fire extinguisher. To use a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS: Pull the pin, Aim low, Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly, and Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Have a fire escape plan
It’s important to have a fire escape plan be it at home or at work. All family members or persons who are living together should come up with a plan, understand the exit routes and know the meeting place. Moreover, it’s best to practice it twice a year.
The same goes at work too. Buildings should be able to have fire exits with ample space on every floor. The building or safety department will also need to conduct fire drills regularly to ensure that everyone knows how to get out safely in case of fire
Know the basic
fire safety tips
Help your friends and loved ones stay safe by teaching them the basic safety fire tips:
Do not let children near anything which will help start a fire such as matches, lighters, or candles.
Keep these items hidden or stored safely and away from them. Instead, let them know what to do should there be a fire emergency.
Ensure all electrical devices are turned off and unplugged when not in use. Avoid using Octopus connection, if not possible then use them temporarily.
Never leave what you are cooking in an open fire, as kitchen fire are produced due to neglect of what they are cooking.
Avoid exposed wires
Ensure that all areas in your home have smoke detectors and heat detectors installed.
Ensure that your fire exits for your homes are not blocked
Make sure that your gas tanks for cooking are turned off when not in use
Call for help
Keep the number of the nearest fire department in your area and call immediately should a fire occur. If a fire occurs and you have done all of the above, or even if you haven’t—get out if you can and ask for help immediately. If you are able to get out, do not go back inside.
We don’t want fire to occur anywhere, but in case it does, it’s important for each and every one of us to know what to do. Know and follow the three “P’s”: prevent, plan, and practice. Remember, fire prevention is better than firefighting and that your safety is our concern.