Top Things To Add To Your Home Fire Safety Checklist
No one wants to have to deal with the aftermath of a fire, even if you are lucky enough that no one got hurt. Fires devastate buildings and lives, it is essential that you do everything you can to protect your home by keeping your fire safety checklist up to date.
One of the biggest causes of fires at home is electrical faults. Overloaded circuits create heat that starts fires, as does bad wiring and unattended appliances. To reduce the risk it is essential that you have your electrics inspected annually. This will highlight potential issues and allow you to have them fixed, reducing the risk of a fire starting.
It is also worth noting that an electrical inspection can detect issues with electrical leakage, potentially saving you money on your energy bills.
Smoke alarms are a legal requirement in many buildings and should be seen as an essential item in every property. It is important to have at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home. You can choose to have one in every room.
The smoke alarm will detect smoke long before the fire becomes serious. This buys you and your family time to get out of the house. If the fire is very small you can even tackle the blaze.
One thing that many people overlook on their fire safety checklist is the escape plan. You should decide this today. The plan should show two routes of escape from every room in the house, this maximizes the chances of people getting out alive.
It is not enough to create a plan, you also need to test it. That means having a mock fire and seeing how easy it is for everyone to get out of the building.
You will find this is the easiest way to identify issues, such as a lack of fire windows, or the need for an escape ladder. Correcting these in practice is preferable to realize you need them during an actual fire.
Other items can help you to get out in the event of a fire. One item that is particularly beneficial if you have an open-plan home is fire curtains. These are mounted to the ceiling and drop automatically. They are designed to contain the fire for several hours, minimizing damage and helping to ensure everyone can get out safely.
Check Your Building Materials
Clutter in your home can cause a fire to spread faster. Flammable materials left near a potential source of flame can trigger a fire. Equally, overloaded circuits, pans left unattended, and portable fires can all trigger a fire.
Remember, a fire can start in seconds and spread surprisingly quickly. It is important you check the materials in your home and make sure combustible materials are as far away as possible from sources of ignition. This will reduce the risk of a fire starting and slow the spread if it does happen.
That’s the real aim, slowing the spread of a fire while giving you the maximum amount of time possible to get out safely.