Essential Steps To Improve Fire Safety and Burn Prevention at Home | Did you know that the average time to escape in a house fire is just two minutes? It is worth pausing for a moment to consider this fact and whether you think you could make it out of your house in two minutes.
In short, anything you can do to increase the time available to get out or prevent the fire from happening, is worth considering. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take today to help.
Get The Right Equipment
The first thing you need to do is contact reputable fire safety equipment suppliers and make sure that you have all the necessary equipment to warn you of a fire. The key here is a reputable supplier. You need to be certain that all the items you purchase will be high-quality and work when you need them to. This is one time when the cheapest option is probably not the best option.
There are several pieces of equipment you should get to improve fire safety and burn prevention:
- Smoke Alarms
These give you advance warning of a fire. They should be checked weekly and batteries changed if necessary. You should also make sure there is at least one on every level of your house.
- Fire extinguisher
The fire extinguisher is perfect for putting out small blazes but make sure it is a powder or CO2 extinguisher as these can be used on most types of fire.
Fire extinguishers are designed to help you put out small blazes. Don’t waste time with them if it is dangerous, get out and call the fire service.
- Fire Blanket
The fire blanket is great to wrap someone in, smothering any blaze on them and reducing the level of burns received. It can also be used to help you stay warm outside or rolled up and placed under a door to keep smoke out of a room
- Smoke or fire curtains
Smoke and fire curtains are less common at home than in commercial settings. In effect, they are a special curtain that drops from the ceiling when there is a fire. This contains the smoke or the fire, buying you time to get out and potentially minimizing the damage to your home.
When a fire starts there is usually plenty of smoke, which can be deadly. It can also be disorientating. That is why the fire service recommends you create a fire escape plan today. Decide two effective routes of escape from every room in the house. You should practice your escape plan regularly, it will help everyone in the house to do the right thing if a fire really does happen. It may seem silly practicing without a fire but this really can save your life.
Don’t forget, fire is deadly. The cardinal rule in a house fire is to get out and stay out. A good escape plan will ensure that everyone gets out safely. A house can be rebuilt, you can’t come back to life.