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Ruth Das - 15th Oct 2021
The Ultimate fireproof home
It’s the middle of the night, and a faint crackling sound has woken you from sleep. You smell smoke and open your bedroom door to investigate. Suddenly, you’re blasted with heat and the eerily bright orange light of a raging fire in the hallway.
Would you know what to do in such a horrific situation? Do you have the tools and know-how to keep your family and pets safe if a house fire occurs?
Most people don’t realize how little time they have to get out of a house fire safely. According to Ready.gov, it only takes 30 seconds for a house fire to become life-threatening, and most people have less than two minutes to escape before they’re completely trapped.
Most of us assume a house fire won’t happen to us. However, house fires are fairly common. But there are many fire safety tips you can use to protect your family and home and make your dwelling The Ultimate fireproof home.
Install Smoke Detectors
Over the years, smoke detectors have saved countless lives, and they provide an early warning that can give you and your family enough time to escape. Almost 3 of every 5 home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Make use of the smoke detectors installed on every level of your home. We recommend installing one inside every sleeping room and an additional smoke detector outside each sleeping area. Wire all of them together so if one goes off, they all go off. Replace these smoke alarms every 10 years.
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Install Fire Extinguishers
Make sure to have a Fire extinguisher on every level of your home. It's a good practice to have an extra one in the kitchen too. Install your fire extinguishers on the wall so they’re easily accessible and away from children. You also need to know how to use your fire extinguishers. Read the directions and become familiar with how they operate since you won’t have time to learn how to use them when a fire breaks out. Additionally, try to stick with one manufacturer for all your fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers from different manufacturers operate differently, and having different instructions for each extinguisher can be confusing if a fire breaks out. If you have to use your fire extinguisher, remember to aim low (toward the base of the fire), squeeze the lever slowly and evenly, and sweep back and forth.
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Where should I keep my fire extinguisher?
Between 2010 and 2014, cooking equipment was involved in 46% of home structure fires, 19% of home fire deaths, and 44% of home fire injuries. The fire extinguisher in the kitchen should be within 30 feet of the cooking stove so it can be accessed easily. It should not be right next to the stove as it may not be accessible when a fire is occurring at the stove.
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The Living Room
The living room is where families hang out and chances are, there is a television and electronic equipment in place. There was 1,737 instances of fire caused, due to electrical fires in the latest statistics by Bomba (the fire authorities in Malaysia). Hence, it is important to have fire extinguishers in your living room for easy access.
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Bedroom - Things may get heated in the bedroom (with candles picking up in sales now), hence it is important to have a fire extinguisher in each room. Especially when there are computers or gaming rigs in rooms these days. The majority of fires happen at night, so it's important to have your extinguishers ready by your side if a fire breaks out in the middle of the night.
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Outside the storeroom
Don't worry, we're all guilty of it. Chances are, the items in the storeroom are very flammable (think of loose paper and potentially flammable liquids. It is important to have a fire extinguisher near the storeroom, preferably outside of the store so if there's a fire, you can grab the extinguisher without any danger.
Near the Electrical DB Box
Overloading happens when many electrical appliances of high power rating such as a heater, an oven, a motor, etc. are switched on simultaneously. This causes a fire, and this happens pretty often.
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Install Fire Blankets
A fire blanket is specifically designed to handle small contained fires usually found in a kitchen. Common oil pan fires are difficult to deal with using traditional extinguishers. The latter are often too powerful; the force can spray hot flaming oil from the pan and cause burns or even secondary fires. Another way to keep your family safe is to keep Fire blankets next to each person’s bed. Use fire blankets as a shield from the hot flames and scorching air so everyone can get out of the house without getting burned. Fire blankets are great to have in any area, but especially in apartments, commercial kitchens, and student accommodation. When a fire is in its infancy, fire blankets work to starve the blaze of oxygen, extinguishing it before it spreads any further. While most often used in residential and catering environments, fire blankets are becoming increasingly popular in educational, factory, and laboratory applications.
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Create a Fire Escape Plan
To make a home fire escape plan, start by drawing your home’s floor plan using a fire escape grid. Find at least two escape routes out of every room in your home, and map them on the grid. Talk with your family, including young children, about how they can escape each room of the house. Showing them your home’s floor plan can help children better visualize where they should go in case of fire. Designate a meeting place outside your home where everyone will gather.
A fire escape design mostly seen everywhere
A fire escape plan doesn't have to be as complicated as the picture given above, The best escape route is the normal way you come in and out of your house. Plan a second route in case the first one is blocked – consider windows. Keep the door and window keys nearby or buy a fire glass box where everyone you live with can find them. If you have additional security gates or shutters, make sure they can be easily opened from the inside without a key in a fire. Make sure everyone in your home understands what to do in a fire.
A simple fire escape design
A house fire is everyone’s worst nightmare. However, with planning, preparedness, and practice, a house fire doesn’t have to be a tragedy. You can replace your home and valuables — but not your family. Simple steps like preparing an evacuation plan and practicing with your kids go a long way to ensuring they know what to do and how to get out if a fire occurs.