According to research in case a home fire starts people may have less than two minutes to make an escape. A smoke alarm which is in working condition and a fire escape plan can help save lives and prevent a disaster from occurring. The following are some ways of making your loved ones stay safe at home. These include the following:
- Fire alarms should be installed on all levels of the home. These could be present in the bedrooms and other places as well.
- Smoke alarms should be tested on a monthly basis. Alarms which are not working should be either replaced or repaired.
- Make a fire escape plan and make sure children are aware of the plan. Practice fire drills on a quarterly basis
- In case of a fire make everyone know that their aim should be to escape and run for safety and then call for help.
Preventing home fires
Preventing home fires is easy. In fact it is a known fact that most home fires could have been prevented if there had been timely intervention. The major mistake which most people make when they have fire safety equipment installed in their homes, they think that they have done their part. It should be kept in mind that it is after all equipment only and it is bound to not work properly at times due to faulty wiring or batteries which won’t work when required. This is why it’s also important to have annual fire safety equipment tests carried out. For this you need to hire a fire equipment testing service in Brisbane.
When calling in a service make sure you hire people who are reliable and do their job well. After all it is question of your safety and you shouldn’t be making any comprises. The team of experts is responsible for carrying out detailed checks on all these equipment. For example fire alarms would be checked. The ones which are faulty would either be repaired or replaced the same goes for smoke detectors, water sprinklers and fire extinguishers.
Also fire extinguishers need to undergo detailed testing every five to six years these include hydrostatic testing and a series of other visual tests. The extinguishers are checked for proper gas pressure as well as seals which appear to be okay a broken seal is an indication that the extinguisher has been tempered with.
Once these tests are carried out you can rest assured that you have done your bit to make your home fire proof? On the other hand there are also other safety practices which should be kept in mind. For example appliances should be turned off when not in use and cigarettes should be burnt out instead of being left lightened. Ashtrays should be used. On the other hand gas pipe lines should always be checked for leaks. Fires may also occur due to leaking gas line in the kitchen.
Fire drills should be practiced on a quarterly basis. Children too should be made aware of possible exits and involved in the drills too. Keeping all these things in mind can help keep your loved ones safe from disaster.