Unfortunately, fires occur in homes all the time. It’s important that we know what to do if a fire breaks out in our home, but it’s also essential to know how to prevent a fire from happening in the first place.
Listed below are some tips for you to follow to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home.
Fire Safety Tips
In over 60% of house fire deaths, the families did not have working smoke alarms.
Make sure that any fires in the fireplace and heaters are turned off, and candles are put out before you go to bed.
If you insist on a heater at night, the safest is an oil heater – which also incorporates an instant cut-off mechanism if it were to be knocked over or have anything (like a towel etc.) fall onto it.
Extra tip: change the batteries in your smoke alarm twice a year – when daylight starts and ends.
Preparing For and Preventing a House Fire
Keep flammables away from anything that gets hot or could cause a spark.
Never smoke in bed and always ensure ash is not “live”.
Ensure that your children know the dangers of a fire.
Keep matches and lighters out of reach of your children.
Do not leave candles unattended.
Make sure that you have smoke alarms (on all levels of your home).
Teach your children about what a smoke alarm does and what it sounds like.
Make sure that they know what to do when/if it were to ever go off.
Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year.
Practice waking up to smoke alarms and practice your low crawl to help prevent smoke inhalation.
Make sure that everyone knows how to dial 000 and what to tell them. (Address, name, and what the emergency is)
Ensure that everyone knows what to do if they were to ever catch on fire. (Stop, drop, and roll)
Have 2 exit strategies.
If door handles are warm, do not open the door. This means that there is a fire directly on the other side.
Try the other escape route.
If smoke, heat, or flames prevent you from escaping – if you can, place a wet towel underneath your door. This will prevent the fire from spreading into your room.
Dial 000 and stay by a window. Signal for help from there too.
When escaping from your home, ensure that you’re being as quick as possible. Most times, you only have about 2 minutes to escape. Don’t stop for anything, items or even pets.
Don’t leave the food you’re cooking on a stove unattended.
Keep all flammables away from the stove. This includes oven mitts, hand towels, clothing and plastic.
Keep your pets off of the stove and counters. This will help prevent anything from falling onto the burners and catching fire.
If you have Roller Shutters covering the external side of the windows of your home – and you definitely need access to that window – open quickly. Manual operated roller shutters are best for these scenarios.
Fires are very scary and cause a lot of damage. Remember to stay calm and call for help. Know how to stay safe if a fire ever happens within your home. It’s important that you know all of the safety tips so that you have the best chance of survival.