Your home should be peaceful and relaxing, and having basic home fire safety in place can bring you peace of mind.
LifeSafe has information on basic home fire safety and evacuation planning, and handy fire extinguisher products that could make all the difference.
With a variety of heat sources in one area, it’s no wonder that close to 60% of all home fires originate in the kitchen. The potential risk increases exponentially in a communal space.
Don’t install smoke alarms in the kitchen.
Cooking smoke usually set off a false alarm. It may cause you to ignore the sound if a real fire starts.
For the kitchen, we would recommend a heat alarm to identify any dangerous temperature changes. They are available online and in hardware stores with easy installation.
Getting the right alarm is pointless if you’re not cooking safely.
First, don’t leave any pots or pans unattended if they’re on heat as it only takes a second for them to go up in flames.
Be mindful of how you use tea towels, aprons, oven mitts or any other cloth material.
Often, manufacturers use flammable materials to make kitchen accessories, which can catch fire quickly.
Grease fires can happen quickly, often catching people by surprise- resulting in a panicked reaction of throwing water on the flame. NEVER THROW WATER ON A GREASE FIRE. It will cause it to spread and make matters worse. Keep a sachet of Pan-Safe in your kitchen to extinguish the flame safely and quickly.
If you use a gas cooker and must light it yourself, use a spark device.
Electrical fires make up a large number of home fires and can be one of the most destructive. Addressing issues is imperative for your home fire safety planning.
Overloaded outlets are a danger, as too much voltage flowing can ignite.
The best way to prevent this is to check the maximum voltage for any adapters you are using. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that free sockets mean available space.
It depends on the amount of electricity used, not the number of devices.
The type of appliance you’re plugging into an extension matter too, as things like air conditioners or heaters should never share power sockets with other appliances or devices.
Malfunctioning electronic devices that aren’t in perfect working order are a danger. Check plugs and chargers for frayed edges or exposed wire. Immediately replace any element that shows signs of wear and tear.
Overheating of mobile phones, printers, PC, tablet, and other personal communication devices are increasingly the cause of home fires.
Never keep a mobile phone in your bed at night. Ensure overnight charging is far away from your sleeping area. Turn off equipment if not in use.
It protects the phone from overheating and saves money on electric bills.
Something to be conscious of is any potential fire hazards that might be a disaster for your home fire safety plans.
Boxes, clutter, objects left near generators, sockets or adapters are a disaster in lofts or attics.
Ensure to check that electrical items or plugs often, as they could cause combustion in a storage room.
Smokers should always be vigilant about heat sources and combustible material.
Smoke cigarettes outside and stub it out in ashtray away from anything flammable. It only takes stray ash or embers to start a fire.
Fireplaces and chimneys are a common source of blazes.
Seasonal fire hazards include Christmas tree fires and decorations, fireworks, and bonfires.
Evacuating a House
You should leave the minute you become aware of a spreading fire. Having a detailed plan is a good idea, with alternative options if the blaze blocks a particular exit or room.
Regularly conduct fire drills to alleviate children’s fears. Ensure your escape plan factors in vulnerable people, the elderly or the disabled.
The evacuation protocol is different for high-rise block of flats.
First, stay where you are with your doors shut if the fire is not in your apartment.
Leave immediately if the fire spreads to your flat or you see smoke, and close doors and windows as you go.
Forget coats and bags. Stopping to collect possessions slows you down.
Display the designated escape route with clearly-marked exit signs in high traffic areas, and follow the instructions.
Stick to the stairs as you could get trapped on a lift.
Home Fire Extinguisher Equipment
If a fire has already spread, alert the emergency services and evacuate immediately.
You can extinguish small fires with the Stay Safe 5-in-1 Fire Extinguisher.
It’s a 200ml Aerosol extinguisher, one of the lightest options available, fitting easily in most kitchen draws and cabinets.
Stay Safe is a quick and effective way to tackle unexpected fires in your home.
All of LifeSafe's patented, eco-friendly formulas are eco-friendly with no toxic residue, and it’s immensely easy to clean up.
If you want to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones, get a home fire extinguisher from LifeSafe.