It’s a deeply unfortunate reality that while many of us think that it won’t happen to us,’ without vigilance and constant care, it’s more than possible for our homes to become damaged by fire, and it’s more than possible we’d be exposed to that danger.
For this reason, it’s very important to know exactly What you should do if a fire breaks out, but before even that, how to reduce the chances of this happening so that your family’s fire safety protocol is as safe as houses. It’s also a good idea to think about what to do should a fire damage your family home, even if that were never to happen.
The unfortunate truth is that forest fires are becoming more and more common in certain areas of the world – we need only look at the Californian and Australian wildfires over the last couple of years to see that. So, as such, responsible planning is more important than ever. This isn’t supposed to frighten you of course, rather being reminded of our responsibilities from time to time can help us keep our standards high.
In this post, we’ll discuss the process for planning against fire in your family home.
Wiring & Sockets
While it’s not the only way a fire can start, making sure that your electric wiring and sockets are properly installed, free from moisture, and inspected once in a while can be great. Influences such as damp can sometimes cause problems with electric plug sockets if the moisture builds up, while cracked, damaged or otherwise ill-repaired sockets can cause wires to be frayed and dangerous.
Overloading sockets can also serve a major problem. Too many extension cables, or overloaded extenders, as well as poorly made models can cause fires if you’re not careful. It’s also important to make sure sockets are turned off when not in use. This way, you can prevent the chances of any fire harming your property or putting your family at risk.
Teaching Our Children
Of course, teaching our children the essentials of fire safety is important. From the aforementioned socket discipline to making sure that heaters are properly handled (if they’re old enough to have one in their room), by removing obstructions, to ensuring that hair dryers and other devices are properly used is key.
This also includes never a stove unattended, making sure they place their hair dryer in a safe spot before leaving their bedrooms, and of course, how to report and leaving a fire if necessary. Discussing this can help your children, of whatever age, understand the absolute importance of avoiding bad practice.
Of course, an essential element of noticing a fire is installing alarms throughout the property. One in each room may sound like overkill, but it can be appropriate depending on your home layout. Make sure you replace the batteries and check their function on a regular basis. Look after your fire alarms, and they’ll look after you.
If there is a fire, the most important thing to do is raise the alarm and evacuate. Thankfully, our fire alarms will take care of the first step if they’re cared for and inspected appropriately. Evacuation takes preparation to get right. We need to do a few dry-runs first, as it were.
Bringing our family together and discussing how you’ll escape every room is important. This might involve using the window as an exit point if the doorway is blocked. It means learning to crawl along the floor to the exit rather than standing up and inhaling smoke, which can be deadly in its own right.
Follow essential advice regularly given and reviewed by your local fire department, too. They will have the resources and training to speak with authority on these matters.
It’s good to take additional precautions around the house. Sometimes, large storage rooms can be so filled with ‘stuff’ that they end up becoming fire hazards. The same goes for obstructed walkways, if someone needs to leave in a hurry, the last thing they need is to jump over possessions on their way out.
Sometimes, it may be worth even installing fire doors if you wish to add enhanced security, but it’s understandable if you would rather opt for interior aesthetics. It’s also important to make sure you have appropriate fire safety tools in place. For instance, a good extinguisher, one in every couple of rooms, could be a great idea.
Be sure to make certain what kind of fire extinguisher you’re using though. Using water on a pan fire, for instance, can cause the flames to explode higher than they may have already. C02 extinguishers are best for protecting against electrical fires – keeping that in mind can also be appropriate. Larger fire blankets can help in the event of a hob fire.
Unfortunately, not all fires can be prevented. If your home suffers a difficult outcome, it may be best to figure out ways to restore it to its former glory, and reclaim what is possible to reclaim.
This is where fire and smoke damage restoration services can serve as a fantastic service to contact. They will also be able to communicate with your insurance provider to give full details about the loss. For instance, mold, power and gas, as well as running water can all be present after a fire, and this takes a diligent hand to care for.
Moreover, they’ll be able to provide a competent strategy to help you out in the best way. After your property has suffered damage from fire, you’re unlikely to be in your most clear state of mind, thinking with utmost clarity. A service which can help you get back on your feet and making a plan is always one worth keeping in the address book – even if you hope you never have to use them.
With this advice, planning against fire in your family home is not just a nice thing to do, but the very definition of wisdom. We hope you never have to go past the prevention stage.