The most common causes of household injuries and fatalities are correlated with fires, suffocation by smoke or gas leaks gone terribly wrong. Fire, gas and smoke safety is of the utmost importance in preventing any damage and possible hazards to your well-being and the well-being of your family.
By recognizing the signs that might lead to danger, implementing preventative measure and knowing how to deal with these hazards, you will be able to maintain a safe and thriving living environment ‒ here is how you can protect your home.
Carbon monoxide is an odourless, invisible gas that is produced when gasoline, charcoal and wood burn incompletely. If allowed to accumulate in a closed space, carbon monoxide can be deadly and because of its odourless and invisible nature, people are often unable to detect its presence until it becomes too late.
The symptoms of CO poisoning vary from person to person, yet they are most frequently confused with food poisoning, flu, or some other illness exhibiting severe physical symptoms such as migraines, nausea, shortness of breath and loss of consciousness.
The only viable solution for protecting your home from carbon monoxide lies in installing CO alarms on every level of your house. Be sure to follow the detailed guidelines on how to install these alarms and make sure to run a monthly check to make sure they are functioning properly. Finally, you want to give your local fire department a call and get an emergency number you can dial in case the CO alarm does go off, and display it somewhere where it can be easily reached.
There are two ways you can protect your home and family from fire: introducing a detailed escape plan and introducing preventative measures in the form of smoke alarms, automatic sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers. The purpose of practicing an escape plan lies in establishing a fast, safe route each of your family members can take to quickly escape the house unharmed.
Speed is essential as a small fire can engulf an entire room in a matter of minutes, filling it up with deadly flames and fumes. Be sure to designate more than one emergency exit for each of the rooms as fire can easily block the main escape route and cut you off from the rest of the house.
Secondly, you need to implement preventative measures. These can be anything from emergency evacuation lighting systems to fire doors and fire indicator panels scattered around the house. You can also hire an expert from Fire Safe ANZ that can install the latest fire protection technology that will not only give you an early warning, but will also subdue the fire until the emergency response service sends out a team of firefighters.
Smoke from fires and faulty appliances can be deadly if allowed to reach high levels of concentration. The best solution you can introduce is an early warning system with a set of smoke detectors.
There are three types of smoke detectors at your disposal: photoelectric alarms, ionization alarms and a combination of the two. Photoelectric alarms respond to slow, smoking fires, while ionization alarms are set off by flaming, fast-moving fires. Given the unpredictable nature of fire, you can never be certain if the fire will be flaming and fast-moving, or if it will give out plenty of smoke. Therefore, it is best to install a dual smoke detection system.
Gas, smoke and fire protection is essential in establishing a safe living environment and protecting your loved ones from harm. By following these safety tips, you will be able to sleep soundly at night, knowing that your home and your family are far away from harm’s way.