An easy way to protect you and your family from fire in your home is for you create your own fire safety plan.
A home fire safety plan is not a legal requirement, but it is a very useful way to ensure you and all your family know what to do in the event of a fire in your home. It's also a great opportunity to look at your home with 'fire safety' in mind, so you can make sure that your home is as safe as possible.
However, clear and straight forward information on the internet on how to write a fire safety plan for your home is not easy to find. So, the fire safety experts here at FSC (Nationwide) Ltd., have created an easy to follow guide to help protect your home and your family from fire.
Your Home Fire Safety Guide
In the UK, it is not a legal requirement to install a Fire Extinguisher within your home... however it is most definitely a recommendation. This of course leads to the question: "Which type of extinguisher?"
Different types of extinguisher are designed to handle different types of fire, for example... you wouldn't use a Water Extinguisher on live electrical equipment and you certainly would use it on a fire involving hot cooking fats/oils.
So we at FSC (Nationwide) Ltd., have written a handy user guide on Fire Extinguisher selection, where you can find all the information you need which you'll find by clicking not the following link: CLICK HERE
If a fire breaks out in your home, you need to know about it as soon as possible. Smoke alarms will detect smoke long before you'll even smell it, and will sound the alarm so you and your family can escape. Look after your smoke alarms, and they'll look after you.
Remember the golden rule of fire safety: if in doubt, get everyone out, stay out, and call the fire brigade.
Modern homes are designed to be as safe as possible, but the problem is, we then fill them with lots of stuff that burns easily!
Take time to look around your home for potential hazards, such as:
Until the start of the 20th century, cooking was so dangerous that it was the second highest cause of death amongst women after childbirth! Today's kitchens are much safer, but cooking related accidents still cause 50% of house fires in the UK. Luckily, there are easy ways to make your kitchen safer.
All the smoke alarms in the world will be of no use if you cannot easily escape from your home in the event of a fire. So, it's vital to work out how you and your family might escape if there was fire on your stairs, for example, or at your front door.
EDITH - Your New Best Friend
In the USA, they have an easy to remember phrase, 'EDITH', which stands for Exit Drills In The Home. It's basically a simple reminder that, to keep your family safe and a reminder that you need to practice your fire safety plan.
Get the kids to learn what the fire alarms sounds like by testing it every week. Walk those escape routes, and check the keys are in position. Clear the clutter by the back door, and check those trailing leads. Turn the TV off, not just to standby.
Get the kids involved, have them draw a plan of the house, highlighting exit routes from all rooms, location of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, etc. Use the Home Fire Evacuation Template, free to download using the following link:
Home Fire Evacuation Plan - Template
More Home Fire Safety Advice
If you are concerned about any aspect of fire safety in your home, your local fire brigade will be more than happy to help with advice and some even offer a home fire safety check service.
Alternatively, please feel free to contact us here at FSC (Nationwide) Ltd. - Fire Protection Specialists, where we will be only too happy to help!!