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You are less likely to imagine fires occurring during a simple meal preparation or a quiet candle lit dinner. You might even think that you will see a fire start, get the nearest bucket of water and put out the ‘small’ flame. Did you know that fire hazards are all around us and that they are within the things we do daily?
We can never be so sure of what might trigger the next fire, but we can be sure to take safety precautions to prevent, minimize and escape from fire. We look at the 9 most important precautions to take.
This is one of the best house-hold gadgets you can invest in your home. You should get a smoke detector that works well over a long period. This does not mean that you neglect on its maintenance. Regularly check for batteries and replace them when the need arises. A smoke detector alarm will lower the risk of fires in a home as it will prompt you to take action immediately, before any flame erupts.
Be sure to station your cooking stove away from the curtain. A curtain hanging over the stove can easily catch fire and spread rapidly all through the house.
Also, make sure that your clothes are also not loosely hanging during cooking. Long sleeve clothes and aprons that have loosely hanging pockets are a great fire risk.
You should also have your electrical outlets tucked away from easy reach especially by toddlers.
Power sockets and electronic cords should be carefully placed and not overloaded. Any sign of tear and wear of any such cords should be replaced immediately.
Gasoline, paraffin, petrol and other flammable liquids should be stored away from the house. This is because they are highly flammable and a large fire can burst out within one second, consuming everything in sight.
The small light of a lit cigarette might not look like something that can cause fire. Do not be fooled. Cigarette buts that are not disposed off properly can easily land in a flammable liquid that has been stored somewhere. This is especially true to people that prefer to smoke at the back of houses or other hidden areas within the home. Remember hidden areas is where we are most likely to hide flammable liquids.
Every home should have a small fire extinguisher. Other than that, it is important to train all family members on how to use the fire extinguisher. A fire blanket is also important to have in your home. You can use this to put out fires that are just starting or to put out fire that has caught on someone’s clothes.
In your strive to get warm, you should also remember to stay safe. Most people get cozy by the fireplace with large shawls or sheets. You can easily fall sleep and not realize when a small chunk of burning wood gets too close to the cloth you are covering yourself with.
Always stay alert by the fireplace and put out any burning fires when you need to leave the fireplace.
These are items like matchboxes, cigarette lighters and candle lighters. Children are always curious to see how thing works and they may intentionally set something on fire just to see what happens.
While we might think that some precautions are obvious, we need to remind our house hold that they must observe all rules related to fires. This includes not leaving open fires unattended, candles burning while asleep, or heating appliances plugged in over a long period.
The above guide should be observed by all members of the family at all times. In the unfortunate situation that fire arises, the following measures are best observed.
This measure should only be taken if the fire is manageable and not spread across rooms. If your fire extinguisher is within reach, go ahead and put out the fire. You can also use other means of putting out the fire.
Do not be tempted to save your property. You do not want to risk your life for things that can be replaced. Call out for your loved ones and order an evacuation immediately. A small flame can be triggered into a large fire within a second.
It is important that you always have important numbers at reach. When you see a fire, call for help immediately, no matter how small it may appear to be. Dial your area fire department and give clear description of your place of residence.
If unfortunately you are trapped inside a fire, it is important to know what to do at that scary moment. First off, you need to prevent the fire from rapidly spreading in the particular room that you are in. Close but DO NOT lock all the windows and doors, and cover every open space with wet blankets if possible. Do not attempt to go through the fire, as you do not know how serious the fire is on the other side. If you have your phone, calmly explain where you are within the house. You can also wave a clothing if near a window, to enable rescuers know where you are.
As a family, you should have standard procedures to follow in case of fire emergencies. If you had all come to the agreement that a certain procedure should be followed, let everyone stick to it. You might all need to evacuate and meet at a certain meeting point to confirm your safety. This will help minimize the risk of one person being left in the house or another trying to find out who is still trapped inside.