Ok so I don’t want to be too over dramatic, but unfortunately, too many people die each year from fire events.
Children are especially at risk as a result of house fires.
In summer, we all expect to get a little warm and in some states, the fire risk gets really high.
The fire services throughout the States go ballistic keeping fires under control in parks and forests as well as in metro areas.
But what about winter?
Sure, things aren’t so hot outside, but many still die in their homes from fire and smoke.
Unfortunately, fires in homes occur more frequently during the winter months.
So what can we do to minimise the risk from fire?
After all, you don’t want all your hard earned to go up in smoke, or worse, one of you family is hurt or worse, seriously injured.
This article sets out some of the risk factors and what you can do as minimise them.
To keep you, your family and your property as safe as possible from fire.
We’ll look at some fire safety equipment and protective measures, you can use in your home and also prep you to respond to a fire emergency.
A dickhead friend of mine once set fire to his kitchen after falling asleep waiting for his fries to cook, luckily for him and his kids, the smoke alarms went off and the only room damaged (As in gutted) was the kitchen.
It’s unfortunate but a lot of people die in fires before the fire actually reaches them, most are overcome by smoke and die from the effects of toxic gases in the smoke.
One defence against this is to have smoke alarms installed.
Some can be wired up to the mains supply with backup batteries. They are pretty cheap and available at Home Depot and other DIY stores.
Where you install the alarm is pretty important, best near to your bedrooms as you are certainly most vulnerable when sleeping.
Avoid installing them near air conditioning units and fan heaters as the air draught from these may blow smoke away from the alarm, delaying going off.
They can be installed on walls or ceilings and if you have more than one storey, then you will need to make sure you are covered on all floors.
Don’t be a complete dick and take the batteries out if they go off when you make toast. Yeah, some people would rather risk their kids than put up with a bit of noise!
Fire blankets are used to smother flames, either in kitchens, like cooking pan fires, or heaven forbid, smothering flames on clothing.
Best Location For A Fire Blanket? Keep a fire blanket near to the kitchen, ideally near to the kitchen door where it will be most useful.
Read the instructions as soon as you buy it, it’s a bit late in the day not knowing how to use it when you need it most!
Watch this video and you’ll see why. The fat boils over and takes hot burning fat everywhere. Use a fire blanket to smother the flames and leave it in place. Call the Fireys and let them deal with it.
DON’T try to carry the burning pan outside YOU WILL FAIL and injure yourself! Worse things like burning your house down with your kids inside can and do happen.
These can be bought at reasonable cost from DIY outlets too.
They are non-rechargeable and contain a dry powder that smothers the fire.
Again, make sure you know how to use them before you need to. Reading operating instructions as everything burns around you is not a cool look!
They generally have a limited shelf life and should be disposed of when expired.
You can get rechargeable ones but these require servicing periodically and are best suited to businesses and public buildings.
Portable fire extinguishers are for small fires only.
Don’t put yourself in danger.
It’s much better to get you and your family out rather than attempt to fight a fire, rapidly getting out of control.
Make a fire escape plan for your home so you and your family know how you will escape.
Draw a plan of each floor of your house and make two ways out of each room.
Check that windows and fly screens open correctly in case doors aren’t accessible and that you kids know how and are able to operate them.
It’s no good being a fortified bunker if you can’t escape in a fire is it? So make an evacuation plan.
Probably the most frightening thing that can happen.
Remember – STOP – DROP – ROLL
Teach your kids how to do this.
I’ve been to the aftermath of too many fires and it’s not something I would wish on anyone!
Hopefully, you will take it seriously and do something now to get you house in order and get fire safe.
Please don’t leave it to chance – make your house safe, make a plan, practice that plan.
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