It’s of the utmost importance to ensure that your home is not at risk of a fire, so you should take steps to keep it safe. The following are some of the steps you should take to ensure that your home is safe from fire at all times.
Keep Your Fire Systems Updated
The very first step you should take is to make sure that your fire systems are updated and function as they should at all times. Keep them in line with the NFPA25 Code which states that fire protection systems need to undergo regular functional testing and visual inspections to ensure that they’re up-to-date and are working as they should. These tests and inspections are done every month, quarterly, twice a year, yearly, and at intervals of five and ten years. When you have fire systems that are in good working order, you will be safer from fire-related emergencies.
Install Smoke Alarms
Another step you need to take for fire safety is to install smoke alarms. These will serve to notify you in case there’s a fire starting up well before it becomes hard to manage. If you have people in your house who are hearing impaired, you should look for a smoke alarm with flashing lights and vibrating alerts which will ensure that everyone knows when there is an emergency. Have an expert install your smoke alarm for you and inspect it regularly so you’re sure it’s functioning as it should.
Keep Lighters and Matches out of Children’s Reach
There’s a reason why matches and lighters need to be kept out of children’s reach at all times. This is because they’re a potent fire hazard and children may not understand this fact. Always keep them locked away and warn your children about playing with them so they know the risks. Take it a step further and keep them locked away because even if kept on high shelves and other surfaces, children can get creative if they want to reach them while you’re away. All the same, have a hose pipe readily available in case of anything. Keep in mind that a hose that’s 3/4 inches in diameter can deliver up to three times the amount of water that a 1/2-inch one can.
Plan Escape In Case of Fire
Since it’s impossible to prevent an accident as you can never ensure you cover all possibilities, it’s good to have a plan in place for when something does happen. Look for drills online that you can adjust to suit your family’s specific needs and tailor them to fit your space. Once you perfect them, practice them with your family and make sure that, at any given time, everyone knows exactly what they need to do in case a fire breaks out. This can make a big difference in case of a fire emergency and will be a worthwhile fire safety measure to take.
Practice Kitchen Safety
Finally, with kitchens being associated with fire and oil and other risks, it’s important to put safety measures in place which are to be followed by everyone whenever they’re in the kitchen. With the internal temperatures of refrigerated trailers ranging from -20 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s clear that the mechanics of refrigeration can pose a risk if adequate care is not taken. Treat all kitchen equipment with care and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions, not forgetting to use common sense even if there are no express instructions to follow.
The fire safety tips outlined above should make it easy for you to keep your family in good health at all times. Follow them and never forget that with fire, as with similar risks, prevention will always be better than