Keeping those you care about, as well as your valuable property, safe is probably the most important task there is. For this reason alone, you need to find a way to make sure your home is secure from fire hazard. Even though, everyone knows how dangerous this can be, most people make a mistake of believing that these things could never happen to them. On the other hand, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Here are few steps you could take to make to take your homes fire safety to a whole new level.
Inspecting fire extinguishers
Once a minor flame first appears in your home, you can easily extinguish it on your own. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen if your fire extinguisher is empty or if its expiry date has long since passed. Because of this, you need to make sure that they are in working condition. Here, you will need to be as systematic as possible so make a checklist of all the things you need to do. First make sure that locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. As for how full it is you can determine that according to its weight.
The whereabouts of your extinguisher are important as well. Even the most quality, completely reliable fire extinguisher means for nothing if you cannot reach it in seconds notice. The thing about fire is that once it starts, first few seconds are the key. For this reason alone, you won’t have time to go on an exploration to find your extinguishers whereabouts. If you don’t have it in your hands in the first ten seconds (under adrenaline it will seem as a lot more), it is like you don’t have one at all.
Having a planned exit
Now, knowing where the doors are is not always enough, what you need is to have a whole emergency path planned out in steps. It must constantly be on your mind since once the hazard strikes, it is questionable what you will be able to remember. It is always better to be safe than sorry and seeing how in the early 21st century everyone has a phone nearby, there is nothing easier than calling fire department once you are at a safe distance. On the other hand, you can also have your smoke alarm do this for you.
Installing a fire alarm
One more thing that could save you a whole world of trouble on this front is installing a proper smoke alarm inside of your home. Every type has its strengths and weaknesses alike and you will have to do a proper research before you make your mind for one or the other. After this, you will need to choose a suitable location for it. Here, kitchen is most logical choice as well as any other place that may present a hazard, like bathroom with an electric heater or a living room with a fire place.
Having a professional assistance
After all you might even consider hiring a team of professionals to help improve your homes overall fire safety. A fire-proof agency such as this will not only make sure that your home’s layout is in accordance to necessary fire regulations but also conduct service & maintenance of fire protection equipment. Even though some of these things you could do on your own it is never smart to play around these kinds of things. A serious matter like this is never to be taken lightly and is most often best to be left to professionals.
It is impossible to find anything that is more important than safety of your own family and home. Seeing how fire is one of the greatest hazards that they faces, it is your duty to do all in your power to prepare for this eventuality (even if you hope for it never to happen). So, hire a fire safety agency to do their work, always check on your fire extinguishers, install a reliable fire alarm and always have an escape route planned.