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Chances are, your home is your most valuable asset – including what’s inside. Every year, more than 37,000 household fires are reported in the UK and more than 260 people die in these fires…It makes sense that you would want to protect your home, your possessions, and your family with everything that you have, but how do you practice this where fire safety is concerned? Keep reading on for vital tips.
Teach your children about the dangers of playing with fire
If you have little ones in your home, it’s important that they fully understand the dangers attached to playing with fire.
Kids are curious and that’s a fact! They cannot be held accountable for any mistakes they make – especially where fire is concerned – if they don’t comprehend the weight of their actions. Keeping matches and lighters away from the reach of children should go without saying, but by teaching your children about the dangers of playing with fire anyway, you’ll be making certain that they stay well away from any means of a fire that they may happen to come across. There’s no need to scare the living daylights out of them – just sit down and have a discussion about what fire means and the damage that it can cause.
Do not plug too many appliances into an electrical outlet
…And keep things switched off when not in use! Fire Rescue reports that although most electrical fires start in the bedroom, the highest numbers of fatalities occur in the living room and den.
Keep only what you need to be plugged in, and only when you need it. All too often, homes can become cluttered with a variety of –sometimes-unnecessary – electrical appliances plugged in at once. The hoover that you used yesterday morning, alongside the laptop that doesn’t need charging anymore and the television that you’re barely watching…. Cords entangled and all. Just please be mindful of what you have plugged into the electrical outlet.
Have an Emergency Escape Plan and practice it frequently.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry” applies here, possibly more than anywhere else. With an emergency escape plan in place, you can rest assured that – if the worst case scenario does present itself – you’ll be a little bit more prepared than if you didn’t have a route in place.
Never keep doors and windows blocked with furniture and clutter, and make sure your family know what needs to be done in the event of a fire. By practising regularly, you’ll be eliminating a ‘just wing it’ theme during a time in your life where you need to think fast, act fast.
Purchase fire detection and alarms for your property
Fire alarm systems are one of the best investments you can make for your home, ensuring it’s as protected as it can be in the event of a fire.
Automatic fire alarm systems can be used to notify the people in your home to evacuate in the event of a fire or other emergency, to summon emergency services, and to prepare the structure and associated systems to control the spread of fire and smoke. There’s no scrimping when it comes to fire safety and the protection of your home and your family.
We really hope this has inspired you to do the right thing, and that you’re now wondering: ‘hmm, where’s the best fire alarm installers near me?’ If you’re local to the Durham area, CDS Security & Fire provide systems ranging from residential fire detection and alarms, through to sophisticated multi-user, PC controlled systems for both the residential and commercial market.
Why be sorry when you can be safe?