When you hear the words ‘fire safety’ you may well instantly associate the term with workplace regulations, and the constant warnings, signs and fire drills we are subjected to during our working week. This is all very well, if only we retained and applied these safety measures to our home lives too.
It might surprise you that over 72% of the recorded fatalities from fires actually occur in the home.
The worst thing is that most of these fires are entirely preventable. Fires can be devastating; they can tear families apart and destroy homes, taking valuable possessions along with them.
Every day, people accidentally start fires by falling asleep with cigarettes in their hands, leaving candles burning in an empty room, or by leaving cooking food unattended, to name but a few.
All of these situations are careless and easily avoidable.
Did you know…?
Official statistics derived from the directgov fire safety report 2011 found that:
- You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works
- 18 people each year die because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing
- Over half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents
- Three fires a day are started by candles
- Every three days, someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
- Faulty electrics, such as appliances, wiring or overloaded sockets, account for approximately 7,000 house fires across the country every year
- Over 500 children are injured and 11 killed in house fires each year
- 6,000 fires a year are caused by children under the age of 10
Essential Fire Safety Tips and Preventative Measures
The best preventative measure within any potentially hazardous situation is to ensure that you remain focused and do not get distracted when performing a task.
An obvious place that fires can start within the home is the kitchen; leaving food unattended when it is cooking, especially on a gas hob, can have disastrous consequences. Children especially should not be left unattended in the kitchen, near open fires or around electrical outlets. It is best practice to keep any obtrusions away from open fires, and ensure that candles are never left unattended.
At least one smoke alarm should be installed on every floor of your home. Smoke alarms should be routinely tested (at least once every two months) to ensure they are still functioning correctly.
Fire extinguishers should also be available on every floor.
Emergency numbers should be clearly marked in a place that everyone can see. Ensure that all members of your family are aware of fire exits, and consider a fire evacuation procedure within your home, especially if you have a large household.
Fire doors could make a significant difference to the welfare of you and your family, but they are often dismissed as an option as they are so heavy and cumbersome to open and walk through. If this is the case, consider a wireless door control system such as a Dorgard.
These devices are perfect for the home, allowing for doors to be kept propped open throughout the day, and automatically closing them as soon as a fire alarm sounds.