General Fire Safety
Thursday 13th January 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.
Having correct fire safety precautions in place is essential and can potentially be the difference between life and death, both at home and in the workplace.
In today's blog, we will be sharing with you some tips to keep you and everyone around you safe from fire.
Fitting and testing smoke alarms can be a crucial step in helping you and your family escape from a potentially deadly home fire. Smoke alarms should be fitted on each level of your home and the batteries should be tested every week and changed every year. The batteries should never be removed apart from when they are being replaced.
More than half of all accidental fires that take place in the home start because of something to do with cooking. When you are cooking with hot oil it is essential that you take extra care and never leave children alone in the kitchen when the hob or oven is on.
Being prepared is the most crucial part about staying alive in an emergency such as a fire. If you spot a fire, do not attempt to tackle it by yourself. Get out and call 999 immediately. It is good practice to check for fire hazards in your home before you go to bed each night as when you are asleep it takes longer to become aware of a fire. Furthermore, ensure that you have an escape plan in place in case there is a fire and ensure that all of your family know it.
Just like cooking, electrical appliances are one of the leading causes of fire in the home and workplace. One of the most common causes of electrical fires is overloaded plug sockets. When too many appliances are plugged into one plug socket it can quickly become too hot and overheat. Another cause of electrical fires is poorly wired cables and appliances.
Cigarettes are a common cause of accidental fires. Statistically, more people die of fires which have been caused by cigarettes than any other products. Always ensure that you stub your cigarette out fully and dispose of them correctly.
Items such as candles and decorative lights emit a lot of heat and heat leads to fires. Ensure that candles are secured in a stable holder and are kept away from curtains, fabrics and other flammable materials such as paper. When you are finished with a candle, going to bed or leaving the room, ensure that you put the candle out fully.