9 Tips to prevent a house fire is an exclusive guide from Locks Online. Here to provide you with security tips and solutions, we aim to help families stay safe at home.
In the unfortunate event of a fire, the loss and damage can cause a long term effect on people. Locks Online have pulled together our expertise to guide you on some great tips on how to prevent such a horrible accident ever happening. Please note this guide is purely a guide and we cannot guarantee a fire will not happen in your home. Hopefully by following these 9 simple steps, you and your family should help prevent a fire in your home.
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I want to start you off with some facts...
Did you know?
- Your 4 times more likely to die in a fire is you don’t have a smoke alarm that works.
- Half of home fire deaths happen between 11pm and 7am. Only 1 in 5 were reported during these hours.
- Cooking equipment is the biggest cause of home fire injuries
- Smoking materials are the main cause of home fire deaths
- 3 fires per day are started by candles
- Faulty and overloaded electrics cause around 6,000 fires in the home across the UK every year!
If that hasn’t scared you, I’m not sure what will. We live our lives thinking ‘that will never happen to me’ but sadly it does. So what are we doing to ensure fires are prevented in our homes? What are we doing to protect our families? Below I have compiled a list on 10 tips to help you and your family protect your home and personal belongings.
This is by far my first and top tip. If you haven’t got one already, it is a number one priority that you must get a smoke alarm for each level of your home. I would recommend getting a smoke detector rather than a fire alarm for your home due to the statistics above. Getting yourself a smoke detector will give your family a few more minutes for an escape before any fire reaches your rooms at night. As smoke tends to kill before fire, a smoke detector will alarm when any sign of smoke is present. Again, this gives you and your family some extra time to escape.
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2. Practice an escape plan.
It does no harm to talk to your family about ‘what if there is a fire?’ Having a plan of action will help you and your family escape should the event of a fire iris’s at home. Think about if you live in a house with an upstairs. Plan how you can get out fast and safe. Always remember never to take personal belongings with you when escaping your home. Get out of the house, Get away from the house, Call 999. Don’t try and turn anything off in your home such as Christmas tree, bedside lamp etc. Just concentrate on getting your family out and away safely.
If you are a smoker at home make sure you have an ashtray that will ensure your cigarette has been put out properly. Whether this is a bucket in the garden with sand or water in, or an ashtray that is wide so you can make sure and see that the cigarette is out, it is important to stub out all cigarettes fully before leaving it in the ashtray. Do not smoke in bed as this is one of the main causes of home fires. It is easy to fall asleep with a cigarette in your hand which can catch fire to bed covers, clothes or carpets. If you can, keep smoking to an outside hobby.
4. Get a fire extinguisher
If your one to enjoy cooking there is a small chance that you could put your home in danger of a fire. You may think you have control of a kitchen when cooking appliances are on however fire does have a mind of its own and can be very difficult to control! Fire extinguishers come in different shapes, sizes and materials. You can get some filled with foam, water, CO2 and powder. These are the main 4 found in homes these days!
Class A - Solids - Paper, wood, plastic
Class B - Flammable Liquids - Paraffin, petrol, oil
Class C - Flammable Gas - Propane, butane, methane
Class D - Metals - Aluminium, magnesium, titanium
Class E - Electrical - Fires involving electrical apparatus
Class F - Oil - Fires involving cooking oil and fat
Water Fire Extinguishers: Class A
Not suitable for Class B or where electricity is involved
Foam Fire Extinguishers: Class A & B
Not suitable where electricity is involved
Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers: Class A, B & C
Not to be used on a gas fire without first isolating the gas supply. Powder can also be very messy on indoor use
CO2 Fire Extinguishers: Electrical apparatus and Fires.
Can be used on Class B but has no post fire security so the fire could re-ignite. Special ones for wet chemical fires and metal fires
Dry Powder: BLUE
Carbon Dioxide (CO2): BLACK
Halon is now illegal except for use with the police, armed services and aircrafts.
All new fire extinguishers need to confirm to the BS EN 3 standard. Within this, it must have the features:
- Entire body must be red
- Zone colour must take up to 5% of the external area to identify contents
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5. Keep matches and lighters away from children.
To come, this may seem like common sense however, it’s easy to put something down and forget about it! Many children are under the impression that they can control a fire once it has been set. Stats show that by lighting 1 single match, and entire room can go up in flames in just over 2 minutes. That is scary to think your home can be taken away from you within minutes, literally! Always keep matches and lighters away from children by placing them in a cupboard or on a high shelf. If you can, try and purchase the child safety lighters and matches. These may not be child ‘proof’ but it will help prevent them from easily starting a fire. Child safety matches and lighters may give you some extra time to help catch the child before they strike.
6. Unplug your plugs
It says it in the title! From lamps to hair straighteners, overloaded plug sockets are a huge risk for a fire in any home. Keeping to the maximum requirements for plugs and adaptors with help prevent a home fire. Make sure all heat electrical appliances such as heaters, portable radiators and irons are kept well away from curtains or anything flammable. Also make sure that you unplug any appliances after use such as hair dryers. Even though the plug socket says the appliance is off, it is a must that you unplug it completely.
Something I have at home is a fire blanket. It’s a must in any kitchen. They are small enough to place on the side of a kitchen unit and can be used to put out a hot pan that has caught fire. The blanket itself is used up of the most fire resistant materials and work by removing oxygen which then suffocates the fire, essentially putting it out. Not only can fire blankets can be used on cooking appliances but can also be wrapped around a person should their clothes catch fire. You can then roll the person on the floor in the fire blanket. These seem to have more use than one which is important you have at least one in your home!
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8. Blow out your candles.
I know what you’re thinking; a small flame won’t do any harm. Well I’m sorry to say that you are truly wrong. On average, 29 home candle fires are reported every day in America. Most of these were due to people falling asleep and the candles being in the bedroom. It’s hard to think that something so small can cause a home fire, which is why it is so important to blow those candles out before going to sleep, before leaving the house or if the candle has been burning for more than 2.5 hours. You can get tea light candles now that burn for a maximum of 3 hours. These are a great alternative for any normal household candle as, if you do forget to blow them out, they will officially just burn out, avoiding a potential fire. Keep all candles away from flammable objects such as curtains and beware in December, as this is when most home fires happen from 1 single candle.
9. Fairy Lights
This could run under tip 6 however I feel is it important to outline some facts about fairy lights for both home use and for around Christmas time. Whether you are using these in your garden, or have them over your child’s bed, fairy lights can heat up to a high temperature that you may not realise, can easily start a fire. It would be devastating to think that fairy lights in your child’s bedroom can go up in flames however, a way around this would be to ensure fairy lights are at a very low voltage and are unplugged when not in use. Hang fairy lights from screws rather than rest them on a shelf. This way the heat will not affect any other objects. Don’t overload the sockets! If you are worried about using fairy lights but want a great lighting effect, you can exchange them for LED’s. Not only are these much, much cheaper to run but are alot cooler than any light bulb from a fairy light!
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So from reading these tips, I hope you understand the dangers of a potential fire in your home. You do not need to follow any of these tips however this is just a guide to ensure you and your family are taking the upmost best precautions to prevent a fire in your home. If you have any great Ideas on how you are taking precautions in your home, send us an email now on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on our fire safety equipment, please call the team now on 01646 6982818. We are here to offer advice to anybody!
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