Fire safety is probably one of the most overlooked areas in businesses and in the home. Anyone who has experienced an out of control fire can attest that fire safety is quite important and should not be neglected. Unfortunately, too many people and even institutions are lax in their approach to this issue until they experience serious injury, damage or even death. There are standard practices when it comes to fire safety but to start, here are a few tips on how you can make your home or workplace safer and less susceptible to fire damage.
Have fire extinguishers, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in easy to reach areas around your home or workplace. In the case of office buildings, sprinkler systems and readily accessible maps showing different fire exits are also required. A simple part of fire prevention is to regularly test your alarm systems and if applicable, replace the batteries when needed. Failure to consistently check the batteries will only result in the battery operated alarms failing to work in a fire emergency.
In schools and workplaces, it is usually mandatory to have regular fire drills. This ensures that everyone knows where the fire exits are and how to reach them in a calm, timely manner. It is also a good idea to have regular fire drills in your own home as well to ensure everyone knows how to escape if needed. Another advantage to holding regular fire safety drills is that the routine helps keep the occupants of your building calm and collected in the event of a fire. You can also boost your fire safety by keeping portable fire escape ladders in rooms that are on the second story. This way, should you find some exits blocked you will at least have some way to get out of the building.
In areas that hold flammable products, it is always a good idea to make sure that open flames are not used. In fact, it would be useful to store highly flammable products in a fireproof area or a fireproof cabinet placed in a corner away from the general area. This will not only make sure that everything is stored safely and efficiently, but it will also prevent accidental spills from within the cabinet from affecting the wider area.
Fire safety can also be enhanced by instituting certain practices in your home such as: not leaving clothes iron plugged in when not in use, or buying one that shuts off automatically when not in use for a period of time; always checking extension cords, especially when not in use for a long time to make sure they are still safe to plug into the power supply; and maybe most importantly, getting everyone in the household to become more aware of fire hazards and how to minimize their danger.
These are only some of the ways you can practice fire safety that will result in a less risk-averse environment, whether in the home or at the office. On resource you can tap into is your local fire department, they are always willing to help with tips and even help in designing safety practices and procedures for your business. In addition, it is a good place to get yourself acquainted with the local fire safety codes in effect for home and businesses.