Fire Safety: Simple Tips To Stay Safe At Home

Fire safety at home can be simple, inexpensive and make such a sizable impact. Every year, we see hundreds of home related fire incidents, caused by everyday heating equipment such as fireplaces and electrical heating appliances, according Zurich Municipal. However, there is no need to be afraid. Many of these instances can be prevented or managed by being proactive and following a few simple precautions within the home. Handy fire safety tips such as installing a safety alarm in the home and educating your family about fire safety can help you to protect your home, your family and yourself. After all, there is never a bad time to learn about fire safety.

Install Smoke Alarms

Did you know your chances of surviving in a home fire are doubled if your home is fitted with a smoke alarm? This is one of the simplest things you can do but it is also one of the most important. When installing alarms, be sure to check that they adhere to the British Standards EN 14604:2005 'Smoke alarm devices' and to preferably get it done by a certified professional who will know the codes to follow. In addition, install smoke alarms on each floor of your home and carry out regular checks to replace the batteries or detector if faulty.

In addition to smoke alarms, install Carbon Monoxide detectors in any room with gas appliances such as the kitchen. Over 50 percent of the fires in the home normally occur in the kitchen, where most of these appliances are. The installation of a CO2 alarm is a simple DIY task and takes just a few minutes. Be sure to check them at at least once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. A good idea is to place a CO2 alarm close to sleeping areas so that the sound would be loud enough to be heard if you are sleeping.

Consider Location

Another handy tip to promote fire safety at home is to consider the location of electrical equipment and potential sources of fire hazards within the home. Keep candles and matches away from the reach of young children. If your home has a fireplace or you are thinking of installing a fireplace, be sure to have it done by a professional such as Gas Safe Registered engineer, who will be familiar with all the precautions and steps to take during installation.

Take the time to consider the different kinds of fireplaces best suited for your needs. If you find yourself worried about the consequences of it being easily accessible for kids, consider the benefits of alternatively located fireplaces such as wall mounted and recessed fireplaces. Electrical fireplaces are great for low maintenance and removes the fire hazards with children. With a gas or wood burning fireplace, it is recommended to have a childproof guard installed if you are a parent or regularly have young visitors. Young kids can burn their hands on the glass on gas fireplaces, which can reach up to approximately 500 degrees so having a guard installed keeps those little hands at a safe distance. Finally, consider having a fireplace rug and keeping all fireplace accessories somewhere high and out of children’s reach.

Make A Plan and Make Sure It Is Known

Although you hope you may never need to execute it, it is always a good idea to have a fire escape plan in place and to make sure every member of the family knows it. While it is a great start to have an alarm to alert you, it is important to know what to do in the event of a fire. Take a look around our home for potential exits and plan an escape route. Once decided, be sure to inform everyone of the plan and keep any needed equipment (such as keys, wallets and shoes) in an accessible place.

By being proactive and armed with easy, simple to do tips such as these you can ensure your loved ones and your house remains safe. Fire safety can make all the difference. Once you have prepared your home and your family, you can relax knowing that you are safe and ready, should you need to be.

By Jocasta Wren


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