Have you ever contemplated what to do lest your house catches fire, growing in to a consuming blaze? Most of us do not have a contingency plan in order when such a predicament arises, and staggering damages ensue. Nothing is more important than the safety of your family and all efforts should be made to safeguard their lives in such a catastrophe. Thankfully, many of these fires could be easily averted with preventive measures, proper education, and a little forethought. Here’s how you can make your home fire safe:
- You should have at least one smoke detector installed at every storey of your home, especially near the bedrooms and in the garage, either positioned on the ceiling or 6”-12” below it. Smoke alarms should be placed as far as possible from air vents. If you have battery powered smoke alarms, the battery should be replaced every six months and the alarm should be checked for maintenance. For optimum detection of slow smoldering fires and their fast flaring counterparts, it is prudent to have both photoelectric and ionization alarms at home, purchased from credible safety products suppliers in UAE.
- Hosting a plethora of stoves, ovens, electric powered utensils and flammable cooking oil, kitchen is one of the most fire prone places at your home. To fire proof your kitchen, make sure not to overload the electrical outlets with too many concurrent appliances. If your stove is gas powered, make sure it doesn’t leak, and if it is electric, check all the connections before switching on. Keep a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in easy reach within your kitchen.
- To thwart a small fire from blazing in to a staggering one, every house should be equipped with fire extinguishers. If the extinguisher is at hand and properly used, a small fire can be easily contained before it has the time to build up. Install fire extinguishers on every level of the home, including the basement, kitchen, and garage. Extinguishers are suitable for curbing certain classes of fire including, fires involving common combustibles, flammable liquids, electrical equipments, and combustible metals.
- Devise fire escape drills, and plan escape routes from every room down to the main entrance. Teach your family about using ropes and ladders to climb down from the upper stories. You can contact traffic cone suppliers in Dubai to provide you with traffic cones which you can use to mimic the actual catastrophic scene. Teach every child how to call for emergency assistance and practice this drill at least twice with your family or roommates.