Improving Fire Safety in Your Home: 3 Top Tips

Fire presents a real risk to you and your family. Research has shown that every year across Australia, there are on average 100 deaths and 3000 injuries as a result of fires. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to mitigate the risk posed by fire. Read on to find out how you can protect your family.

Install and test smoke alarms

Installing smoke alarms is one of the best ways you can ensure that your family are not affected by a fire. A smoke alarm will alert members of the household to fire so they can evacuate the building quickly. For advice about the best places to position smoke alarms within your home, you should contact your local fire service or a fire safety company. However, once you have installed smoke alarms, it is vital that you carry out regular tests to ensure they are fully functional. Many people install smoke alarms but then let the batteries run out of power. You should periodically press the test button to sound the alarm to check that it is working.

Ensure that appliances are kept clean

Cleaning the appliances in your home doesn't just make it look nice, it can help to reduce the risk of a fire. When dust is allowed to accumulate inside and on top of appliances, it can create a fire risk. When a blanket of dust builds up on a part of an appliance which gets hot, it can create the ideal environment for a fire to start. By regularly removing dust from your appliances, you can help to stop the outbreak of fires.

Install fire blankets

Because the kitchens contain appliances which generate heat, they are a prime location for fires. One way you can fight fires which break out in the kitchen is to install fire blankets. Fire blankets are ideal for a kitchen environment because they can extinguish fires without the use of water. Pouring water onto boiling oil can create a fireball which will seriously harm anyone in the vicinity. By placing a fire blanket on top of a burning pan, you can safely extinguish a fire.

If you would like further information about improving fire safety in your home, you should get in touch with a local company which specialises in this area. A member of staff will be happy to discuss your needs before recommending suitable fire safety equipment.