After the horrific fire which ravaged a home only a few months ago killing most of the children inside, I thought it was important to share some basic fire safety tips. Tips that can make a huge difference to your lives, should this catastrophic event ever happen to you.
Without preparation and safety, a fire can ravage a home within minute, leaving occupants dead, the house in ruins and all your worldly possessions in a pile of ash. It’s a devastating event that can happen to anyone anywhere.
Thankfully all rented properties and holiday homes have to include fire alarms, this offers you security when you are renting a property, but many homeowners don’t bother adding them to their own homes. There are alarms that immediately sense heat, while others only respond with smoke.
Fire alarms can save lives and should be included in every home and building across the UK. These little devices are placed neatly on the ceiling and can warn you with a high pitched alarm that will wake you from the deepest sleep should a fire break out. They are not expensive and any amount of money cannot replace a life lost in a fire.
Fire sprinklers are mostly found in business buildings and hotels, but there is no reason they shouldn’t be in apartments and houses too. These react with the fire alarm, sending a spray of water that will reduce the fire, in some cases the fire goes out, but as long as the sprinklers offer you enough time to get you and your family out of the house in time, they have paid for themselves.
If you are building a new home, incorporating sprinklers are easy, they tap into the water supply and run along the top of the ceiling, when a fire breaks out they shower the area in water and can save a life or two.
Electrical appliances should be maintained on a regular basis to ensure there aren’t any electrical problems with them. Fires can start caused by electrical faults in appliances. The obvious is to ensure the oven is off when going to be and all appliances that don’t need to be running have been turned off.
The majority of house fires are caused by an electrical fault, the only way to ensure this doesn’t happen to you is to have the electrics in your home monitored on a regular basis. With regular maintenance any faults can be fixed quickly to avoid potential problems. If your circuit is old and the wiring has been there for years, it may be time for an upgrade.
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