Fire is the biggest enemy that your home could have. According to research, 80% of fires reported occur in the home. Close to 4000 deaths in a year has been attributed to house fire. Because of this alarming state of fire casualties, it is important to keep your home safe from fire. You should invest in fire safety equipment which will help you prevent the onset of fire and take action before it is too late. The importance of these products is no longer necessary to be discussed because in the end, these are the very products which you will thank for when you are faced with a house fire.
When a fire starts to spread, smoke is its tell tale sign. Suffocating from the smoke caused by the fire is the common cause of three out of four fire deaths. To avoid this, you should install smoke detectors on all levels of your house and outside of your sleeping quarters. Smoke detectors are the first things which will alert you and your family for the first signs of fire. Make sure that your smoke detectors are well-maintained and tested once a month to know if they still work. You should also work hard to keep them dust free so that at the first sign of smoke, they will set the alarm. Batteries of smoke detectors must be changed at least once a year to be safe. Smoke detectors that are directly wired to the electrical system must have something which must indicate that it is active. For the hearing impaired, there are special types of inexpensive smoke detectors available in the market.
One of the most important fire safety equipment are fire extinguishers. This is the product which will be your best bet when there is starting fire on the spot and you have to deal with it first hand. Make sure you place fire extinguishers in the areas of your house where fire is most likely to occur like in the kitchen, garage, and workshop. Since there are a lot of fire extinguisher types available, it would be safe to go for an ABC type extinguisher so that all kinds of fire are covered. You should also give some time and effort to learning how to use your fire extinguisher beforehand. Learning to use them during a fire will make it very hard for you because you will already be panicking and can lead to a very bad situation. Don’t take things into your own hands especially if a large fire has already developed. Fire extinguishers are only suitable for small fires. If the fire has already gone out of hand, you should call the emergency hotline and get as far as the fire as possible.
These are the most common fire safety equipment which you should have in your home. In order to keep your house safe from fire, you should invest in these products. It may require a good deal of investments on your part, but nothing can compare to the life and property it can save during a fire.