We don’t know when accidents will come in our household. With that, we should be knowledgeable enough about what are the correct things that we can do to prevent too much damage to happen or to prevent damage to happen at all. Fire accident is one of the frequent accidents that happens in our community nowadays. To prevent that loss of love ones and important things during a fire accident, here are some tips that we should bear in mind.
- Check all electrical wirings regularly.
At least every month, let’s make sure that our electrical wirings at home will be checked by a knowledgeable person or by an electrical engineer if possible. Damage electrical wirings is one of the top reasons why fire accident happens.
1. Avoid electrical overloading.
Avoid using extension cords to use several gadgets at a time to avoid overloading. Also, large appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators should have their own outlet. Therefore when your appliance are not in use, make sure that you unplug them. It will help to decrease your electrical consumption and will prevent fire as well.
2. Install smoke alarms.
Even if it will cost you something, installing smoke alarms are one of the effective ways to know if there will be a chance for a fire accident to happen.
3. Do not smoke inside the house.
Use an ashtray and crush your cigarette stubs thoroughly to put out the flame. Douse it in water to make sure the fire is out.
4. Keep matches and other flammable objects out of your children’s reach.
Put matches or other flammable materials in a high place away from your children’s sight.
5. Keep the burning candles within your sight.
As much as possible, never let a candle burning overnight. Make sure that you will keep burning candles within your sight. It might burn things in your house accidentally that might cause a fire accident.
6. Keep an eye on your cooking.
While cooking, make sure that you are focused in what you’re doing especially when you are using fire.
7. Do not store any flammable substance or any corrosive liquid in the kitchen.
Make sure that no flammable substances will be kept in your kitchen. This might be a cause of fire especially that it is hot in your kitchen that might cause corrosive liquids or substances to explode and build a fire.
8. Make sure to inspect your kitchen before you go to sleep.
Check your kitchen before you sleep. Check if the LPG is not open and if there are no kitchen appliances plugged in in your kitchen.
9. Check your LPG tank.
As part of checking your kitchen, you should know how to check your LPG tank. It should have the safety cap and security seal. Make sure to use the correct hose and that the regulator is attached securely to the cylinder valve. You can check for leaks by applying soapy water.
10. Have a fire extinguisher on hand since the kitchen area is where most fires start.
To be prepared always, make sure that you have fire extinguisher in your kitchen where most fire accidents usually happen.
11. Know where the main emergency fire doors are.
12. Make a fire escape plan including escape routes and meeting places.
If you are living in a condominium or in a building, make sure that you know the way going to the fire exit. Especially during emergencies, we should always know the fastest and the easiest way out.
13. Have emergency numbers ready.
For emergency purposes, you have to save emergency numbers to call for faster way of asking for help.