We all agree that prevention is better than cure, and that has never been more accurate than when it comes to fire safety. If a blaze breaks out at your property, be that your home or business, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape. You need to be in a position to act fast but reducing the likelihood of a blaze in the first instance is obviously the best option.
Make sure that you would know how to escape in the event of a fire and that these procedures are known and understood by everyone and well-practised. Keeping your loved ones and employees safe is something that we all want to do so here are our tips for achieving this.
1. Remove potential fire hazards
There are many potential hazards in homes and workplaces such as empty boxes or large build ups of dust. Keeping these to an absolute minimum, ideally in the fashion of them becoming non-existent should be your first course of action when it comes to fire prevention.
2. Install fire alarms
Installing fire alarms in most businesses is a legal requirement, installing them in your home is something that is a necessity rather than a mere suggestion. Without doubt, smoke alarms are the best form defence should the worst happen and a fire does break out. They should installed on every level in your property and in all bedrooms and outdoor sleeping areas.
3. Test all equipment regularly
Having the correct equipment is fantastic but for it to be truly effective it needs to be tested frequently in order to check that it is functioning correctly. This includes smoke alarms, fire alarms and all extinguishers and sprinkler systems. Follow the manufacturer's instructions or speak to a reputable fire protection company for more details.
4. Talk to family members and employees about escape plans
Make sure that everyone who lives and works at your property knows the best means of escape should a blaze start. It is worth carrying out frequent fire practices if you are a business and speaking to all family members, including children, about how they should respond. Panic is a natural human response but being well versed in procedures will reduce the issues.
5. Never return to the property
Too many people want to be heroes and save individuals in the property. Never return to the property for anything or anyone. Returning to the property makes the emergency crew's task harder and rarely helps the situation.
6. Call the emergency services
Calling for help is one of the first things that you should do. The quicker you call for help from fire crews, the greater chance they have of saving anyone who remains in the property. These are professionally trained people with the correct equipment.
Always seek advice regarding fire prevention from experts and never look to cut corners. It is your responsibility to take care of family members and employees. Cutting corners can pose one of the greatest risks.