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FIRE PREVENTION TIPS

Your Safety is our Concern !!!

Make Sure Your Home and Office is not a Fire Hazard. A Safe Home/Office is in your hands.

We all are aware of the dangers that fire can cause. Many disastrous fires may occur within the home and office. For many, the fatalities' can be quashed by taking a few simple steps. Please take a moment to consider if your home and office and the rest of the places are fire safe.

Many NGO's and other companies have volunteered to educate people on the Tips to Prevent and Survive Home and Office Fires. This is done by introducing Fire Safety/Awareness programs in Schools / Offices / Socities / Public Places / Corporates.

  1. Prevent Fires Caused by Cooking:

Always Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know when and how to use it.

Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.

Stay by the stove when the burner is on. A stove fire can erupt in seconds, so it is important that you are nearby to put out the flames. The most dangerous and flammable cooking ingredient is oil, so never leave hot oil unattended. It can burst into flames within few seconds.

Wear tight-fitting clothes while cooking. Oversized or long clothes can easily brush against a burner and catch fire.

Direct pot handles towards the center and away from traffic. This fire safety tip will prevent one’s elbow from knocking against the handle and spilling food, or even worse, hot oil or fat onto yourself or the burner.

Clean the grease from the stove regularly. One major fire safety dont's is allowing grease to build up, because large amounts of grease can ignite. Wipe the stove top after cooking session.

Heat oil up in a gradual manner. This fire safety measure will prevent hot oil from plashing onto your skin or in your eyes. Never pour out oil into a hot pan, because it can burst into flames within seconds. It is safer to pour out oil into the pan before you turn on the burner.

Place a rubber or non-slip mats on the floor. If your floor frequently gets wet from spilt liquids or oil, a rubber mat will keep your shoes from slipping on the liquid.

Keep things that can burn, such as towels, paper / plastic bags, and curtains at least four feet away from the range top.

Before cooking, roll up sleeves and use oven gloves. Loose-fitting clothes can touch a hot burner and catch on fire.

Never leave barbeque grills unattended while in use.

Keep grills at least eight feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes.

Always stay near by the grill when cooking.

Don't leave cooking food on the gas unattended.

  1. Prevent Fires Caused by Heating:
Generally in Winters, as temperatures are so low, many people find alternative ways of heating their homes, which, unfortunately, create the potential for disastrous fires.
We can practice fire safety to ensure a safer home for our families.

Store lighters and matches in a locked cabinet.

Keep heaters at least two feet away from things that can burn, such as curtains or stacks of newspaper. When leaving the room or going to bed, always turn off heaters.

Have a service engineer inspect chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves and central furnaces once a year. Have them cleaned on a routine basis.

Keep things that can catch fire away from your fireplace and keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace.

  1. Prevent Fires Caused by Smoking Material:

Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, matches and lighters

Never smoke in bed.

Oversee disabled or sickly individuals who smoke in bed.

Use ash trays that have a row of notched edges at the centre to hold cigarettes in place.

Never place an ash tray on an scratchy or uneven surface.

Never leave a cigarette in an ash tray neglected.

Drench cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.

Instruct smokers to smoke outside or only in the smoking zone.

Before going to bed or leaving home, check the rooms and sofas and make sure to put smokers’ materials in a secure place.

Do not smoke if you have had too much to drink, use medication or have drugs in your system.

Never smoke in an enclosed area where inflammable substances or solvents are present.

Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

Install smoke alarms.

Ensure that you have a working smoke alarm in your home/office.

Teach children what to do if there is a fire: evacuate the building, outdoor meeting place, whom to contact, how to dial emergency numbers etc.

  1. Prevent Fires Caused by Candles:

Never leave burning candles un-attended. Don't allow children to keep candles or incense in their rooms.

Always use candle holders made of material that won’t catch fire, such as metal, glass, etc.

Blow out candles when leaving the room.

  1. Prevent Fires Caused by Electric Short Circuits:

You may not think if an electrical inspection is worth it but they might detect any faulty or old wiring, and can advise if you should repair or replace.

If you are in dilemma whether to repair or replace - we would advise to go for the replacement option. A repair may not be a good long-term solution and simply a quick fix. If you plan to work from home for a lengthy time then the investment of upgrading and replacing the wiring is most definitely to your advantage.

Make sure outlets are not overloaded. With the amount of equipment required for many telecommuters, it is easy to overload an outlet. If you need more outlets then find an electrical engineer who can advise you on the best solutions. It may be easy to add another outlet or it could get more involved and require more upgrades throughout the house. This goes back to getting an inspection done and learning about the options available to you.

After you are sure that your electrical system is in the best shape it can be, then don't forget surge protection or even investing in an UPS (un-interrupted power source) to further protect yourself and your equipment.

Do-it-yourselfer's may cause problems with things improperly installed. So if in doubt hire a professional, a common cause of household fires occurs when someone not properly trained has done electrical work installation.

Do not use incorrect fuses - using wrong size fuses and even putting a penny behind the fuse when they do not have a replacement can cause overloads and fires.

When arranging items in your office think of the location of inflammables placed too near light bulbs, this may include decorative shades and curtains.

Ensure you have the correct wattage for lighting fixtures, using a bulb that is of too high wattage for the device can cause overheating and may lead to fires.

Avoid running cords under carpets and furniture.

Do not enclose extension cords within walls, under carpets or any other tight spaces, the cords can heat up and cause a fire to start. The fire will not always start immediately but take time for the heat to build up and then flame up.

Don’t plug in too many appliances at once.

Inspect electrical cords and replace or repair loose or chafed cords.

Use safety plugs in electrical outlets, especially if you have small children.

  1. Prevent Fires Caused by GAS:
An increase has been seen in the number of accidents caused by leakage of gas, improperly stored gas and carbon monoxide leaks. Be smart. If you smell gas in your house then call the Gas Company to come and investigate. Catching a problem right from the start makes it much easier to rectify.
Do not store gas for lawn equipment in your basement or anywhere in the house.
  1. SMOKE DETECTORS/FIRE EXTINGUISHERS/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS:
The most overlooked safety measure that can be taken. Not all buildings have sufficient smoke detectors. If you live in an apartment and you do no have at least one smoke detector then go buy one.
In an average sized two-bedroom apartment, it's wise to have a minimum of two smoke detectors, one near the kitchen and one near the bedrooms.
In a house, there should be a smoke detector on every level of the house. Make certain there is one near the bedrooms.

Test the batteries monthly and replace them at least once a year.

Smoke detectors do save lives.

Carbon monoxide detectors are also a wise investment. They are easy to install and quite effective at detecting the carbon monoxide.

Last but not the least make sure you have at least one multi use fire extinguisher in your house.
If you are lucky and never have to use your extinguisher, you should still have it checked each year and kept full.
Check with your fire department to see who services residential fire extinguishers.

Above all use common sense and if you are not certain then ask a professional. Your local Fire Dept. have people that are more than willing to answer your questions and help ensure your home and home office are fire safe at all times. Remember if they can help prevent one fire it just makes their job that much easier.

  1. Prevent Fires Caused by Gasoline and Other Products:

Always Store gasoline in a garage or shed in a container approved for gasoline storage.

Never bring or use gasoline indoors and use it as a motor fuel only.

Always close the lid on all dangerous products and keep them away after use.

Always store them away from the house and in a safe place with a lock.

FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST:

  1. Have Smoke Alarms that Work:

Have smoke alarms on every floor of your home.

Make sure a smoke alarm is inside or nearby every bedroom. Install both ionization and photoelectric-type smoke alarms.

Test each smoke alarm every month. Push the test button until you hear a loud noise.

Replace old batteries with new ones of your smoke alarms at least one time each year.

If your smoke alarms are more than ten years old, get new smoke alarms.

  1. Can everyone wake up?

Young children may sleep through the sound of the smoke alarm. Be prepared for a family member to wake children for fire drill & in a real emergency.

  1. Plan your escape from fire:

Know how to get out fast if there is a fire.

Crawl low, under the smoke, and keep your mouth covered.

Feel closed doors with the back of your hand. If hot, use another exit. If not hot, open the door slowly and check for smoke and fire.

Meet at the designated meeting place outside, then call for help. NEVER return to a burning building.

Find two ways out of every room – the door and maybe the window.

You might need an escape ladder to get out of upstairs bedroom windows.

Children and older people will need help escaping a fire. Plan for this.

Know who needs help and pick someone to help them.

Make sure windows and doors open easily.

Make sure everyone can reach and open locks on doors and windows.

Make sure stairs and doorways are never blocked.

If you have security bars on doors and windows, have a quick-release latch. This makes it easy to get outside in an emergency.

Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use the latch.

Look for things that could slow down your escape. Move or fix them.

  1. Have Fire Escape Drills:

Plan and practice a fire escape route from every room.

Use a chain ladder to escape from upper levels and practice using it.

Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Know how to call for emergency assistance.

Push the test button on the smoke alarm so your family knows the sound.

Practice your plan two times a year with your family.

Practice when everyone else is asleep at least once.

Identify a place outside to meet in case of a fire.

  1. Know how you call for help:

Aware of the Fire Department emergency number.

If there is a fire, get out first, and go to your family meeting place. Then call the Fire Department.

Use a portable/mobile phone or a neighbour’s phone.

Get out and stay out. Never go back inside a burning building.

  1. Keep Your Family Safe At Home:

Make a fire escape plan for your family. Find two exits out of every room. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill (mock drill) at least twice each year.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For the best detection and notification protection, install both ionization-type and photoelectric-type smoke alarms. Some models provide dual coverage. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries once a year.

Teach every family member to “Stop, Drop and Roll” if clothes catch fire.

Consider having a home fire sprinkler system installed in your new home, or when you remodel.

Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher.

If you have a fire in your home, once you get out, stay out.

Do not go back inside for any reason.

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