Properties and lives continue to be lost every year due to fires. Homeowners and tenants alike should adhere to fire safety measures in homes to mitigate this. This article looks in detail at the safety tips to prevent fires at home.
Kelowna Home Fire safety tips
Conducting drills-Lives are lost because those who have been affected by fire do not know how to respond to fire emergencies. Conducting fire drills helps the occupants to know how to respond to an emergency in case of fire. Kelowna homeowners have had quite a few scares in recent years with fires in and around the city, especially in Kelowna Upper Mission area.
Installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – These will serve to alert the occupants of likelihoods of fire. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have been known to prevent deaths from fire by half. The smoke detectors should be tested every month and their batteries replaced at least once per year.
Installing fire extinguishers– This is the most elementary tool used in homes to prevent fires. The fire extinguishers should be installed at strategic places within homes. At least one member from every household should be well trained on how to effectively use fire extinguishers.
Matchboxes and smoke lighters– These are materials used in the ordinary cause of life. Should such items fall in wrong hands, the disaster thereof can be very big. Matchboxes and smoke lighters should, therefore, be safely kept away from children.
Electrical wiring– A greater percentage of fires are caused by electrical faults. Extension cords should be regularly checked to ensure that there are no loose plugs. The extension cords and outlets should not be overloaded as this mostly results in short-circuiting . Wiring should not be running in high traffic areas or under the rugs.
In the kitchen– This a place where fires originate from most of the time. To prevent fires from this section of the home, no cooking should be left unattended. While cooking, the person cooking should wear short and well-fitting sleeves. This way, they will not be exposed to fire. The towels and pot holders should also be kept away from flames.
There are several other measures that are geared towards preventing fire at homes but the above measures when observed will ensure that there are no fires at homes.