When it comes to fire safety, the thing to remember is to 'Hope for the best and prepare for the worst'. Everyone knows that a fire can be constructive as well as destructive, but the real key in protecting oneself and one's family from fire is to always be prepared. A fire can start anywhere, and that is why, it is important that you follow the fire safety tips. Taking proper action on time, and using preventive measures can save your valuable property and life from being destroyed in the fire.
A fire can start from:
- Badly maintained electrical appliances.
- Complete carelessness in fire protection.
- Mishandling inflammable liquids.
- Replace those cords whose insulation cover has come off.
- Do not overload electrical appliances.
- Take the help of professionals if you think that there is something wrong with the appliances.
- Storing the gasoline safely so that no child can come in contact with it.
Practical Tips for Fire Safety at Home
One of the best and safest ways to prevent fire from taking place in your home is to have fire alarms in different corners of the home. Smoke alarms or fire alarms help in the detection of fire. There are certain smoke alarms that don't need much maintenance and can last up to 10 years, and there are also battery-operated smoke alarms. Smoke alarms must be kept clean from dust, and tested from time to time so that they are in working condition when an actual fire breaks out. A battery-powered smoke alarm needs a battery change once a year.
One can have an emergency evacuation plan ready, and practice in drills of how to escape from home when the fire breaks out--this will always keep all the family members prepared to face an emergency. All the exit or the escape places must be kept clear so that when there is fire one can easily get out of the house. Members of the family should be able to access keys to the doors in case of fire so that no one gets trapped in the house.
Most often the source of fire in a home is the kitchen, so care should be taken while cooking. Blow out candles when not needed. Store the candles such that they do not fall onto inflammable material. If you are a smoker, don't smoke in bed. Put out the cigarette completely when you are finished with it. If you are not watching the television or using the computer switch it off so that no fire breaks out.
Safety Tips for Fire in the Office
An office is another place where the occurrence of fire is always expected. If a fire breaks out, one must know the possible exit places of the building. Following are some tips to use in an emergency.
- Get familiar with the emergency rescue plan of the building.
- One should be able to recognize the fire alarms installed in the building.
- Never try to walk in the smoke, rather crawl and find ways to escape.
- Avoid the elevator completely.
- Watch before you touch the handle of any door.
- Stay calm and don't panic.