Importance Of Domestic Fire Safety & Equipments
Imagine not being able to breathe. When you gasp for air, your lungs are instead filled with noxious fumes and smoke. This frightening feeling happens far too often in household fires.
While many people imagine flames and burns as the cause of death, actually most household fire victims perish because of inhaling harmful fumes and smoke long before any flames approach them.
To prevent such horrors from occurring in your home many people have installed various types of fire safety and detection equipment. There are several types of equipment to consider for your home:
- Smoke detectors – these life saving devices have prevented countless deaths from smoke and fire. There are wired detectors that have a battery backup and there are smoke detectors that operate solely on battery power. Most homes should have more than one smoke detector installed, depending on the layout of the rooms are fire risk areas.
- Fire extinguishers – typically installed in cooking areas, fire extinguishers can help you to quickly respond to a fire and reduce the potential damage. Make sure you have the right type of extinguishers based on your particular fire risk. For example, certain types of fire extinguishers are specifically designed to address grease fires, while another type of extinguisher would work for wood or electrical fires.
- Fire blankets – quick access to a fire blanket can also help you to immediately suffocate a fire, preventing it from spreading. Fire blankets can be a good substitute for an extinguisher in the event of a smaller size fire.
- Perform a fire safety audit – look for areas in your home where a fire could happen. Typically these areas are kitchens, outdoor grills, electrical boxes, or storage areas where combustible chemicals may be placed. Note the types of fires that could occur.
- Review the layout of your home – place smoke detectors near likely areas for fire plus have smoke alarms outside sleeping areas and hallways so your family will have adequate warning. If your home has stairs consider placing a smoke alarm at the top of stairways so rising smoke can be detected quickly. Note areas where fire extinguishers and fire blankets should be placed so there is fast access in the event of an emergency.
- Check equipment regularly – once installed, perform routine inspections of all fire safety equipment to make sure it is ready to respond in the event of fire. If you make modifications to your home such as renovations, wiring or new appliances be sure to evaluate your fire risk and install or move equipment where needed.
- Integrate with a security system – many smoke detectors have the ability to be interfaced with security systems so that authorities can be notified as well during an emergency.
- Audible alarms – confirm that your smoke detector alarms will be loud enough to wake you during a deep sleep. A minimum of 98 decibels is recommended to wake both adults and children.