Fire kills. It’s a sad truth but over fifty people die from house fires every year. Many of these deaths are avoidable. That’s why it’s important that you do everything you can to prevent fires from happening.
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Of course, you should also recognize that fires can still happen. That’s why you should create a fire escape plan today and practice it regularly. You should also speak to your local fire safety equipment suppliers. It’s important that you have smoke detectors on every level of your house.
You should also have a fire extinguisher, fire blanket, and consider having smoke curtains fitted. None of these things should encourage you to tackle anything but a very small blaze. The purpose of all fire safety equipment is to buy you time, ensuring you and your family get out safely.
Don’t forget, you should never re-enter a burning house. Even if you can’t see the fire, you will be exposed to smoke which can be deadly.
A large majority of house fires are started through faulty electrics. As the wiring in your home ages, the outer sheath will perish. This increases the risk of the inner wires connecting. They can create sparks that ignite flammable material. Or, they can get hot and cause a fire this way.
It’s not just age, pests, particularly rodents, can damage the wiring and increase the risk of a fire.
Having your electrics inspected annually will ensure you are aware of any issues and can take the appropriate action.
Never Leave Cooking Unattended
Pans left on stoves are a huge risk. They can be pulled off by young children or they can boil dry. Fat in the pans can also leap out. All of these things can cause a fire. It’s simply not safe to leave your cooking unattended, even for a second.
If you’re cooking, stay in the kitchen.
Watch Portable Fires
Portable fires are often essential to help you combat the cold. But, they are also more dangerous than central heating radiators or fixed units. A portable fire creates an impressive amount of heat. If you place it too close to anything flammable, such as the curtains or the couch, you could start a fire.
Fires can take hold very quickly. An unattended portable fire in the wrong lace can start a fire while you’re out of the room and turn it into an inferno.
Move Flammable Material
Our homes are full of flammable substances. You probably have books and paper sat around, perhaps a stack of wood, or some other flammable item. Of course, it’s not practical to eliminate these items from your home.
But, you can get rid of those you don’t need and the rest should be stored properly, ensuring they are well away from any potential fire-starting point.
Take A Look Around Your Home
Many other things are unique to your home. The best approach is to take a good look around your home and consider what things may contribute to a fire or hinder your escape. If you adopt a common-sense approach you can eliminate them and reduce your risk of house fires.