8 Fire Safety Measures Every Home Should Follow


An inferno is one of the most fearful life hazard occurrence that can happen at any home, maybe due to carelessness, a spark in electricity surge or high voltage, even during cooking, a gas you light up can cause unwanted inferno if care is not taken.

Not many may know or have the idea of what to do when this happen, also, the panic that sets in may not even allow you to remember any preventive measures during this incidence, however, these are some of the fire safety measures you could check and follow; (CLINICGISTS)

First, you Must Close the Door

When escaping a fire in your home, always close the door as you make your exit. Closing the door saves lives. If doors are left open, it gives way to air to penetrate, flames and smoke from a fire can travel more quickly.

All residential buildings with 3 or more apartments must have self-closing doors. Self-closing doors automatically close after they have been manually opened. Do not tamper with the self-closing hinge or block self-closing doors, and make sure your apartment door opens from the inside without a key.

If you live in a building with 3 or more apartments and your apartment door is not self-closing, notify your property owner.

2. Maintain Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Working detectors are a critical component of fire safety. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives by quickly giving you an early warning. If a carbon monoxide alarm sounds, you should get out immediately and call for help, If a smoke alarm sounds, execute your escape plan.

Property owners are required to provide and install at least one approved and operational smoke and carbon monoxide detector in each apartment. Tenants are responsible for maintaining the detectors, including testing and replacing batteries.

If you do not have operational smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, notify your property owner.

3. Have an Escape Plan

An escape plan is important to keep you safe in the event of a fire. Everyone in your household should help make the plan and practice it regularly. Know if you live in a fire proof or non-fire proof building, which will help you determine if you should stay in your apartment or get out.

Property owners must provide an escape plan/route on the inside of every apartment door, common area, and distribute them to each unit and to new tenants.

4. Clear Exits

Help your family escape from fire, and help first responders quickly access your apartment, by keeping exits free and clear of clutter or storage on fire escapes, hallways, and entrance doors including roof doors.

5. Keep Your Kitchen Safe

Keep the area around your stove clear of towels, papers, and potholders. Stand by your pan and never leave cooking food unattended, and enforce a kid-free zone around your stove.

Property owners must provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where they know or reasonably should know that a child under the age of six resides, unless there are no compatible knobs for the stove.

6. Heat Your Home Safely

When using an electric space heater, never use an extension cord. Extension cords can overheat if used for large current appliances like space heaters, refrigerators, and air conditioners.

Heaters should be placed at least three feet from any combustible material such as bedding and furniture. Inspect space heater electrical cords for damage before each use.

Only use equipment that has the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark. Turn off or unplug the space heater whenever you leave the room or go to sleep. Look for space heaters with automatic shut-off features.

Never use the kitchen oven or gas range to heat your home. This improper use can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, causing severe illness and possible death.

7. Never light gas gun before you put on Gas burner

Some are fond to put on gas burner before lighting the gas gun, in doing so, some amount of gas will escape to air and mixes with the air, thereby causing a sparkle when a lighted match is on, Know that gases are liquefied petroleum that are very reactive with air, BE CAREFUL!! Put on your gas gun or lighter first before you turn on your gas burner (in an adjustable minimal level). (CLINICGISTS). 

8. Fire Extinguisher 

Every home must have a fire extinguisher mounted in an appropriate place. Extinguisher helps to quench the intensity of fire and also die it off, follow the guides that follows the extinguisher to apply its usage, also remember, spray the fire with the CO2 from down and not from the top. 
Don't also forget to wear personal protective materials when quenching the fire.(CLINICGISTS). 

Credits: nyc.gov

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