Fire accidents are one of the most common accidents that can happen around you. In fact, it causes more deaths than other types of accidents, and a lot of it is due to lack of preparedness.

Fires don’t have to be deadly, if you know the early signs of a possible accidents and the associated fire safety measures you have to take to protect yourself, your family and belongings.

Below are some things that will prepare you for a fire accident in your premises, so loss of lives and property is minimal.

 

  • Install smoke detectors outside every sleeping area and on every additional level of your premises. Also, keep new batteries on hand to change when existing batteries die out.
  • Keep a log of all smoke detectors, their date of purchase, last service date, monthly test date and its results, and other pertinent information because in most cases, smoke detectors give you the first sign of a fire accident.
  • Have a personalized fire plan where each member of the family knows what to do in the event of a fire.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy and at every level of your residence, with one or two in the kitchen alone. Get training from your nearest fire department on how to use these extinguishers. As with smoke detectors, keep a log of fire extinguishers and service them often, so they are ready to use at the time of need.
  • Plan your escape routes. It is important that you have at least two different routes to get to safety in the event of a fire accident. This is where fire signage helps. Mark these escape routes, so there is no confusion whatsoever.
  • Conduct periodic drills, so everyone in your house knows what to do.
  • It is a good idea to do frequent fire risk assessments, at least twice a year, to ensure that you have everything in place to escape from a fire accident. 

These suggestions will greatly improve your fire preparedness and can greatly reduce the possibilities of loss.