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Ways to Prevent Fire Incident at Home

Protect yourself,family, and home from fire incidents. Here are ways to prevent fire incident at home. Install fire safety equipment like smoke detectors, fire extinguisher, home sprinkler system and having a ready fire blanket at home.

Common causes of fire incidents are faulty electrical wirings, careless cooking, unattended children playing with matches, and  appliances related fire incidents. Emergency preparedness at home should be a top priority that one of the things people normally forget. Protect yourself, your family, and property by doing precautionary ways to prevent fire incident at home :

1. Have a periodic check up of your house electrical wirings.

2.  Do not run electric cords under rags.

3.  Call a professional electrician for any electrical repairs, do not attempt to repair it yourself if you are not familiar with it. 

4. Do not heat paint or other polishing substances over open flames.

5. Do not allow your electric iron to overheat, nor leave it while still on.  Make sure to turn if off or unplug it first if will be away for quite sometime.

6. Keep matches out of the reach of children.

7. Be sure to crush fully the discarded cigars with your foot before leaving.  Never throw a cigar into waste can with papers on it.

8. Never strike matches in combustive materials and volatile liquids like alcohol.

9. Keep the emergency number handy and train even small children how to call for help.

10. It is advisable to have the following firefighting devices at home :

SMOKE DETECTORS

Smoke detectors serve as an early warning device for the occupants to react giving them the time to ask for help and time to escape.

Place smoke detectors near sleeping areas since most incidents occur during night and early evenings. Do not place a smoke detector near the kitchen, cooking fumes will always put it in active.

Check your smoke detectors periodically if working properly or if battery needs replacement. It will begin to “chirp” every 20 seconds and persist for a month means your battery should be replaced.

FIRE BLANKET

It is a safety device to extinguish fires  use for kitchens fat-pan and chip-pan fires or use in fire place with a usual  size of  110 x 110 cm.

Keep the fire blanket in front of your  body  as protection against the flames.

Read instructions carefully in advance so as to be ready if fire occurs.

Usually for single use only, discard after use.

If the fire blanket is not used for atleast 6 months, take it out of the container and inspect it thoroughly.  Discard if damaged or dirty already.

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HOME SPRINKLER SYSTEM

Installed sprinkler system at home is another way of protecting fire incident at home. It is affordable and can be connected directly to your standard home plumbing system.

Sprinkler not only controls the fire but also lowers the temperature of the room.  

It is advisable to include a home sprinkler system in your list when buying a house, planning to build a home or planning a home improvement.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Fire extinguisher is a common fire protection equipment use for home and commercial places.   Inquire from a local supplier the best type of fire extinguisher for your home.  Once purchased, read carefully the instructions or ask the supplier for proper installation guidelines, and have them an actual demonstration with the family members.  With the help of the trainer, practice holding the fire extinguisher to have an idea of its weight and feel.

Fight the fire and use the extinguisher only with the following conditions :

If the fire is still on its early stage and still containable. 

if you know you have a means of escape in case the fire won't out.

Do not attempt to fight the fire if smoke is  filling the room already.  Secure yourself and get out of the house immediately.  Almost 70% of deaths from fire incidents are caused by suffocation from smoke and fumes.

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Comments (15)

well crafted

good job :)

very good approach and awareness.

Well done.

keeping home safe is foremost to keep in mind...thanks for the tips

Very thorough list.

Sensible tips. Thanks for sharing.

points to follow.

Thank goodness I have smoke alarms wired to the electric. Great write on a subject that still happens far to often.

Very informative article. I like that you included a video. I might do that next time.

Great awareness article

nice article

Thanks - we need this!

Excellent article! Thanks! There are some thoughts that smoke detectors should not be installed at kitchen. How do you think is it true? They mean..if it installs at kitchen it will ring all the time! I want to clarify this situation... On the other hand I think that all electricity at house should be in good condition. For instance, such companies like obo http://electrical-components.com/obo suggest a lot of variants. But it is pity that it is used only by public places!
Excellent article! Thanks! There are some thoughts that smoke detectors should not be installed at kitchen. How do you think is it true? They mean..if it installs at kitchen it will ring all the time! I want to clarify this situation... On the other hand I think that all electricity at house should be in good condition. For instance, such companies like obo http://electrical-components.com/obo suggest a lot of variants. But it is pity that it is used only by public places!
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