Everyone should know how to protect their home or business in the event of a fire. This article will cover everything you need to know about how to defend your property from fire.
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Every house is different, so there are many ways you can go about this. The most important thing though, is that no matter how well protected you think your house might be, never ever put off preparation until it’s too late!
When preparing for a fire, there are five key points that must be covered:
Fire Detection Escape Routes Water Supplied to Fight Fire Fire Proofing Your Valuables Escape Planning
No matter where you live, the first thing you need to do is ensure that your home or business has smoke detectors fitted. This might seem like common sense, but many people don’t bother putting them in because they assume their house will never catch fire. Sadly this isn’t true – anything can happen!
Detecting a fire isn’t enough though; there needs to be sufficient time for everyone to escape without panicking. To this end it’s best if all doors leading outside are kept unlocked and escape routes planned out in advance (more on that later). If all else fails, make sure you have an alarm of some description (e.g. shouting) which makes it clear there’s something wrong so other occupants can get themselves ready to escape.
Although escaping from a burning building is often the number one priority, and you should never endanger yourself if it’s too dangerous to go back inside for whatever reason, there are still practical steps you can take to help save your property. It’s also worth noting that firefighting equipment must be kept on hand at all times – more on that later as well!
If the water supply isn’t good enough for fighting fires safely and effectively, or there isn’t enough space indoors for all of this stuff (or you don’t want to keep it indoors), then it might be best to keep some kind of flame-resistant container outdoors which contains:
– A fire blanket
– Fire extinguisher
– Bucket of sand
– Bucket of water
You might also want to keep a large plastic sheet or tarpaulin outside in case you need to cover things up. Just make sure the ground surface is non-flammable and nothing will leach into the soil beneath (i.e. choose something like stone or paving slabs).
When it comes to protecting your valuables from fire, every house is different; what’s important though, is that you always look out for anything flammable and get rid of it if possible. Some items like car tires and foam mattresses should be thrown away regardless – even if they haven’t gone up in flames already! Others can be taken to a specialist recycling centre; however this might not always be possible, so your best bet is to check with authorities or firefighting companies beforehand.
When it comes to preparing for an actual fire itself, there are lots of things you can do but it all depends on what sort of house you live in and the layout of the rooms. If you’re not sure what to do first, make sure everyone who lives in the building knows where the nearest escape route is before anything else – this should always take priority!
After that, make sure every room has a working smoke detector fitted close to the door (or high up if there isn’t space). Next up, find out which rooms are most at risk of catching fire – living room? Kitchen? Bedroom? Then prepare those rooms accordingly.