A recent newsflash just confirmed 500 families lose their homes due to a fire outbreak. With the heat of summer kicking off here in the Philippines, fire incidents are expected to rise. Do yourself a favor and keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following these simple safety tips:
Install Smoke Alarms in Key Strategic Locations
National Fire Protection Association mentioned that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. In addition to this, Red Cross stated that 60 percent of house fire deaths occurs in home with no working smoke alarm.
Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your floor, including basements and attics, in every bedrooms (especially if you sleep with the door partially closed or completely shut), in the hall near every sleeping area, at the top of the first-to-second floor stairway and at the bottom of the basement stairway.
If you are having a tight budget, don’t risk the life of your love ones by not installing an smoke alarm, there are economy class smoke alarms available in the market, in fact there is one that only costs P300.00
Test Your Smoke Alarm
It is true that smoke alarms save lives, but only if it is working
It only takes one click to know that your smoke alarm is working. Test them regularly or at least every month, you lose more by becoming lazy only to die in a fire incident while sleeping just because the smoke alarm didn’t work.
Proper Cigar Disposal
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service states that since 2009, 50% of deaths in an accidental house fire were caused by smoking materials
Smoking is not only bad for your health, it is also a major cause of fire outbreaks. Be sure that cigars, cigarettes and pipe ashes are completely extinguished before disposing them. Make sure no cigarettes are still burning when you go to bed. NEVER EVER SMOKE IN BED!!!
Plan Your Escape Route
In the event that a fire can’t be prevented, survival becomes the priority.
Teach your children what smoke alarm sound like and what they should do when they hear one. Ensure all family members knows two ways to escape from every room of your home and make sure everyone knows where to meet. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Teach household member to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
Never Leave Your Cooking Unattended
Cooking fires are the most common cause of fire at home
Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Stay at home when baking. Keep anything that catches fire – towel, paper, clothes – away from the stove. And if you have pets, keep them of surfaces or countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
Don’t Overload Electrical Sockets and Replace or Repair Damaged Electrical Cords
Don’t plug too many things into an electrical outlet unless you’re asking for a fire
When using extension cords, avoid running it across carpets or doorways. If outlets or switches feels warm or if you face frequent problem with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, then it’s probably time to call the technician. This may be a sign that you have an underlying electrical issue.