Fire Safety at Home

Facts about Fire Outbreak At Home

• Did you know that you are four times more likely to die in a fire outbreak if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works?
• Almost half of the home fires outbreak is caused by cooking accidents.
• Around two fires a day at home is started by candles.
• Heaters in our homes are responsible for about two fires a day.
• Did you know defective wiring, appliances, and burdened sockets cause about 6000 fires in the home across the country every year?
Protect Your Home From Fire With Smoke Alarms.

Are you aware that the easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is by installing an efficiently working smoke alarms? Get the smoke alarms. Install them well. Test them to ensure they are working efficiently. They could save your family and your own life.
How to Choose Your Smoke Alarms

• Make sure you fit at least one smoke alarm on every stage of your home.
• They are cheap and easy to install, so you have no excuse.
• Smoke alarms are readily available from stores across the country, electrical shops and most supermarkets in the streets.
• Smoke alarms come in different varieties that you can choose from. Your local fire and rescue support team will be glad to share with you advise on which smoke alarm is best for you.
• When purchasing fire alarm, look out for symbols that indicate the signal is approved and safe to use.
• The best option for fire safety alarm is the ten-year sealed battery smoke alarms. However, they are slightly more expensive compared to the ordinary ones, but you will have saved on the costs of replacing batteries from time to time.

How to Make Sure Your Smoke Alarms Work:

To ensure that your smoke alarms are working correctly, always test them at least once every month.
• If the smoke alarms that you fitted in your home have a one-year battery, ensure it gets changed every year. Don’t take the battery out unless you are replacing it.
• Never disconnects or remove the cells out your fire safety alarm if it goes off by mistake.
• Standard battery-operated alarms are the cheapest option in the market today, but the batteries need to be replaced every year.
• Most people forget to test the batteries, so going for extended life batteries is the best idea.
• The mains-powered fire alarms are powered by your home power supply, so they will need to be installed by a qualified electrician, but just like battery alarms, they do require testing.
• When testing the smoke alarm tests the smoke sensor same as the power supply and battery.
• You can even have linked alarms fitted in your home so that when one signal detects a fire, they all go after together. This is especially useful if you live in a big house or over some levels.
Fitting Your Smoke Alarms:

A great position to fix your smoke alarms is in the centre of the room, in the hallway and on the ceiling so that you can hear them throughout your compound.
Don’t install smoke alarms close or in the kitchen and bathrooms as smoke or can easily turn them off.
In case you find it hard to install smoke alarms all by yourself, call your local fire rescue team for help. I’m sure they will be happy to fix them or you.
Taking Care of Your Smoke Alarms
• Always make testing your smoke alarms part of your regular home routine.
• Test your fire alarm by pressing the button until the alarm sounds. If the alarm doesn’t sound, then you need to replace the battery.
• If your smoke alarms start to beep from time to time, you need to replace the batteries instantly.
• If the alarm you installed is a ten-year alarm, you will need to replace the entire alarm after ten years.
• Consider having fire blankets which can be used to wrap a person whose clothes are on fire or put out a fire.
• Consider installing heat alarms that can detect fires in the kitchens where smoke alarms should not be fixed.
How to Prevent Common Fires:

Take extra caution before leaving the kitchen while cooking, take care of the electronics, stub cigarettes thoroughly and dispose them carefully and always ensure candles are placed in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire quickly. Remember fire resulting from cigarettes cause at least one death in every six days.
What to Do If There Is Fire
• Keep calm and get people out as soon as possible.
• Don’t waste time rescuing valuables.
• If there is smoke, run to where the air is clearer.
• First, check if the door is warm before you open it.
• Call 999 as soon as you get out of the building.