Fire Safety Advice for 2018 – Tips for A Safer Home

Fire Safety Advice for 2018 – Tips for A Safer Home

There’s no doubt that the summer months in Australian can be unbearably hot. Those of you who attended Day 3 of the Ashes series at the Sydney Cricket Ground can certainly attest to that. Temperatures soared to up to 440C during the hottest part of the day and the poor English team had to spend most of the day roasting in the field. All I can say is, better them than us!

The extreme heat we’ve experienced this summer has had its consequences, with bushfires ravaging throughout the country. Naturally, fires are more common during summer, so the new year is always an ideal time to evaluate the effectiveness of your home fire safety plan. In Australia, there are roughly 1,000 household fires every year that cause millions of dollars in damage and sadly cost people their lives. So to ensure you and your family stay safe this year, I’d like to share with you my top 7 fire safety tips for 2018.

  • Smoke Alarms

There’s no point in have smoke alarms in your house if they aren’t working properly. You can’t smell smoke when you’re asleep, and in fact, the smoke will only put you in a deeper sleep. Therefore, it’s critical that you have working smoke alarms to warn you and your family in the event of a fire. To ensure your smoke alarms are good working condition, there’s a couple of steps you should follow:

  • Check the use by date on your smoke alarms
  • Every smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years
  • Test each of smoke alarm once a month
  • Change the batteries once a year
  1. Home Fire Escape Plan

Every home should have a fire escape plan that is practiced several times a year. If you don’t have one already, spend an hour with your family and create one together. Your home fire escape plan should include:

  • At least two evacuation routes from every room
  • An easy and safe evacuation path for family members with special needs
  • A safe assembly point outside your home
  1. Fire Extinguishers & Fire Blankets

If you have the opportunity to extinguish a small fire before it intensifies, it can save a huge amount of damage. Having an ABE Powder Fire Extinguisher on each floor of your home along with a Fire Blanket installed near the kitchen is strongly recommended by fire experts. ABE Powder Fire Extinguishers are multi-purpose and suitable for all fires, except cooking fires where a Fire Blanket should be used.

  1. Electrical Appliances

Electrical appliances, in particular heating appliances, are major causes of household fires. It’s crucial that you only use appliances that meet Australian standards and that you check your appliances once a year. If you discover any frayed or worn out electrical cords or plugs, replace them immediately. Additionally, you should never overload electricity sockets with double adaptors, never leave children or pets unsupervised around heating appliances, and ensure there is a one metre distance between the heater and any flammable materials.

  1. Kitchen Fires

The most common cause of household fires occurs in the kitchen where cooking oils or fats overheat and eventually catch fire. Therefore, it’s important to never leave food unattended on the stove or in the oven, especially when there are children present. Also, never hang flammable items like tea towels near cooking appliances.

If a cooking fire does ignite in your kitchen, never try to extinguish it with water as the burning oil will explode and spread to other areas of the kitchen. You should always use a Fire Blanket to extinguish cooking fires. If you don’t have one, then place a wooden chopping board over the fire, but if there’s any doubt you should evacuate everyone from your house and notify the Fire Department immediately.

  1. Lighters, Matches & Cigarettes

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that lighters, matches, and cigarettes are second biggest cause of household fires. You should keep in mind that cigarettes should never be left unattended, don’t smoke in your bed, extinguish cigarettes completely in an ashtray, and keep all lighting devices out of reach of children. Everyone should also be careful when smoking and drinking alcohol given that the risk of falling asleep with a lit cigarette is greatly increased.

  1. Stop, Drop & Roll

If a person’s clothing has caught on fire, they should stop, drop & roll immediately to extinguish the flames. Don’t start running as it will only fan the flames and make the situation worse. If a Fire Blanket is nearby, it can also be used to extinguish the fire by wrapping the person in the blanket.

Home fire safety isn’t complicated; all it takes is a bit of time each year and some knowledge of the dangers you should be aware of. However, if you have any questions about your home fire safety, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at King Fire Protection Solutions by phoning 1300 344 966, or alternatively visit their website for more information:

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