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Fire Safety Equipment

Fire safety equipment is essential for protecting property and people from the immense danger of fire. Whether work premises or home residence, fire protection equipment should be as comprehensive as possible. In addition to fire safety equipment there are a number of fire safety tips that should be adhered to in order to increase protection from the potential devastation of fire.

7 Essential Fire Safety Tips

1. Install Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors give you an important advanced warning to get out of a property immediately. The moment smoke rises to the ceiling the alarm will be activated. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping room of the home. Test alarms once a week. Replace the batteries twice a year and never remove batteries for alternative use.

2. Keep Matches and Lighters Away From Children
Matches, lighters and lit candles are very attractive play things for children and should be kept out of reach at all times. Explain to your children that only adults can touch these items and ensure you make accessibility impossible.

3. Take Care When Cooking
Keep combustibles clear of the cooking area at all times. Keep handles of pans and saucepans turned inwards so children won’t knock them over or pull them down. If grease catches fire in a pan then smoother the flames with a lid. Never under any circumstance throw water on a grease fire.

4. Plan and Practice Your Escape Route
Devise a fire plan for your home that details the layout of the house, escape routes, potential hazards and a list of rules and regulations such as ensuring stairwells are kept clear at all times. Allocate an external meeting place safely away from the property and once out of the property, stay out. Practice the escape plan three times per year.

5. Crawl Low Through Smoke
If a room has become engulfed in smoke, crawl towards your exit by getting on your hands and knees and keeping low to the ground. Smoke rises, so by crawling you will minimise your inhalation of smoke.

6. Stop Drop and Roll
If any of your clothing should catch alight do not run. Instead, stop, drop to the ground and roll until the flames are extinguished. Cover your face with your hands to protect your face and minimise smoke inhalation.

7. Cooling Burns
If you experience a burn then immediately place the wound in cool water for 10 minutes to cool the skin. Do not use butter or any other remedy. If the burn blisters or chars then consult a doctor immediately.

Fire Protection Equipment
In addition to the fire safety tips above, you should consider maximising fire protection with fire safety equipment. Smoke alarms, as mentioned in tip one are essential, fire extinguishers are also a solid addition to you fire protection plan. But to really enhance your fire safety equipment and complete your overall fire safety initiative you should consider the installation of fire sprinklers. Sprinklers dramatically reduce the chance of death and extinguish 99.7% of all fires. Fire sprinklers provide automatic fire protection, enabling you to sleep easily in the knowledge that no one can be trapped and killed by fire in your home. For further advice on fire safety equipment and to speak to a professional regarding the installation of fire sprinklers, contact Firefighter 24/7 today.

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