The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) organise Fire Prevention Week in the US & Canada to promote safe fire prevention practices. The NFPA aims to promote awareness of fire safety during the event held in October every year.
To help out our friends across the pond, Blake's have compiled 9 fire-safety tips for home and business owners alike.
But first, what is Fire Prevention Week all about?
"This year's campaign "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere" is running from October 7-13.
It is educating people about three basic but critical steps that reduce the likelihood of having a fire, and how to escape safely in the event of one:
LOOK - for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
LISTEN - for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the building and where everyone should know to meet.
LEARN - two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter."
Source: The National Fire Protection Association
Blake's contribution - fire-safety tips for everyone!
To help raise awareness, Blake's want to share 9 fire-safety tips. 4 for homeowners and 5 for business owners. Scroll down and absorb the following info... it could save lives!
4 fire-safety tips for homeowners
- Keep all combustible and flammable materials out of children’s reach: You can do this by assigning a specific cupboard for these materials and put it under lock and key.
- Avoid overloading electrical circuits with too many appliances: It may cause electrical faults leading to a fire. Instead, only have the important appliances you are using plugged in and unplug things when they are not in use.
- Look out for dangerous flammables in the kitchen: Ensure curtains, towels, long sleeves and kitchen roll are kept away from cooking flames. Also, keep frying pans and pots at a safe distance and away from children so they are not knocked over.
- Install smoke detectors in your home: These devices will alert you of smoke and potential fires. They could save your life. Place them in hallways, on each storey of the house near separate sleeping areas. Do not put detectors in places where the alarm can be triggered accidentally such as when there is smoke from cooking.
5 fire-safety tips for business owners
- Practice safe use and storage of chemicals: Flammable materials and other fire hazards should be labelled correctly with proper warning signs put in place. Store them in an area with adequate ventilation and dispose of clutter that only serves to fuel fires.
- Provide smoking areas: Ensure that your employees are aware that a smoking area is available. Otherwise cigarette butts can cause fires if they are thrown into rubbish bins in a mad rush to get back to the office.
- Ensure fire extinguishers are serviced: It is essential that a certified professional checks your fire extinguishers to ensure they are charged and ready for use. Place at least one fire extinguisher in a department and educate your employees on how to use them in the event of a small fire.
- Improve accessibility and security in your business premises: Electrical control panels should be easily accessible in case you need to shut down power during an emergency. Likewise, firefighting equipment and emergency exits should always be ready for use. Taking maximum security measures in your business premises will also protect you from Arson.
- Report electrical hazards: Electrical malfunctions are major causes of fires at the workplace. You should never attempt to repair electrical faults in your business unless you are qualified and authorised to do so. Report faulty wiring and malfunctioning of equipment to have a qualified person come over and help you.
When was the last time you scheduled a PAT test?
The bottom line...
Burglars pick and choose what they want. Fire is less selective, it takes everything.
Having a fire safety plan for your home or business saves lives in an emergency.
By spreading basic fire prevention tips, we can all join hands in an effort to reduce the number of fire-related tragedies that happen around us.
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