As we know, fire can start from anywhere, and at any time, having a proper guideline to prevent fire set out is very important. Alongside installing fire alarms and smoke detectors, one should have adequate fire safety drills and sufficient knowledge on fire prevention and how to use fire extinguishers.
Although it is not possible to always control everything, preventing fire is much more related to precautionary everyday habits. So it’s never too late to install fire safety protocols with some few small yet handy fire prevention tips than can save you from catastrophic situations.
Causes of Fire
It is essential to understand what causes fire to set or light up dramatically before installing any prevention measures. These are some common causes of the fire that have been investigated throughout the past years.
- Cooking is one of the main causes of fire in households, and many accidents and injuries occur here. The main cause behind it is unattended cooking, rather than any mechanical issue.
- Secondly, smoking carelessly while any flammable near you causes the fire. It has been statistically found to be one of the leading causes of death from fire accidents.
- Arson is the third primary reason for the fire in households and commercial properties. Arson means intentional setting up of fire, which is a crime. But, arson has been shown to increase in recent times, and death due to it has been rising. The most common motive behind arson is insurance fraud, as it is mostly done to damage property.
- In most single-family homes, heating is another major reason for the fire. As apartments these days have updated heating systems, they are less at risk than single-family homes. These houses have a backdated heating system which is not handled by professionals.
Fire Prevention Tips and Tricks
These following simple precautions can help prevent fire and minimize the risk of life from fire accidents:
- Keep a particular area outside the home for flammable stuff that can set into fire easily and high at risk. Also, combustible materials can be kept in a separate closet and away from children.
- Keep your electrical wires clean and away from too many appliances. If the wires and fuses are dirty and torn out immediately hire a professional electrician to fix them.
- The extension cords and any kind of cable wires should not be run under rugs or carpets. These cables get quickly wear out and may cause a fire.
- Replace worn out wires with new safe cables and make sure that the electric circuit is not overflown and overheat.
- Since overheating can cause a fire in single-family homes, make sure you don’t use any high-watt bulb. Also, make sure the rooms do not have heat trapped in them.
- Always unplug any kind of electrical sockets and turn off the switch before going out of the house or going to bed.
- Make sure everyone in the house knows fire safety protocols. Every family member needs to remember fire safety plans and practice them now and then. The fire escape routes should be known vividly as well. Try to create an escape plan with the family that is known to everyone. Make sure to have a routine of practicing the method every now and then.
- Have smoke alarms and fire alarms set in every room. Check them off and on. Also, everyone must be aware of the alert noise. The best place to install a smoke alarm is just outside the bedroom, in the kitchen and the living room.
- When you are cooking, frying, boiling or grilling on stoves, never leave them unattended. At least have an adult attending the fire from the ovens. Also, make sure the gasoline cylinder is not near the stove and kept outside in a separate room or area.
- Any kind of un-alarming flammables should be kept away from the kitchen. Never keep paper, clothing, bedding, drapes, or rugs near the stove.
- Turn of heaters and fireplace embers before leaving the house, and even the room. Be sure to never leave them unattended, just like stoves.
- Input a no-smoking rule in the house. Make sure people who smoke do not smoke anywhere near the lawn bush or the flammables.
- Always have a fire extinguisher available in the house. There are five different types of fire extinguishers. It is vital to know all about them and learn how to use them. It is also essential to know which extinguisher is used in what scenario and teach every member of the house about using them while keeping them away from the children. The way to use a fire extinguisher is PASS (Pulling the pin, Aiming low, Squeezing slowly, and Sweeping the nozzle).
- Practice using candles and matches with caution and carefulness. Make sure whenever you use them, they are lighted away from any fire combustions and clothes or papers.
- Gather a sound knowledge of the type of fire than can be set around you. There are four classes, A, B, C, D, and make sure you know which fire requires what type of safety measures.
- Always keep firefighters on the emergency dial and make sure you have a sound mind to decide to call them in case of any kind of fire. Even a small fire can generate to become extreme in the future, and it is always wise to keep everything in your house checked by professionals.
- Finally, bring about a sound habit of being safe and careful around the fire where everyone makes sure that it is not a plaything. These habits are more common sense than any technical requirements. They can prevent the fire from setting and help save lives.
Fire takes away lots of lives every year, and it is one of the most horrifying cases of death from any kind of accident. While it is tough to put out an extreme fire accident, we can always be careful and cautious with our lifestyles to prevent the fire from ever setting up in the first place. Following these simple and immeasurably fire prevention tips can save lives of yours and your loved ones by preventing fire accidents.