In the UK, approximately 500 deaths a year are the result of preventable domestic fires, yet there are many fire prevention and warning devices on the market today to ensure you’re alerted in time and can escape before it’s too late.
If a fire does occur in your home, you need to know what measures to take to get you and your family out as quickly and as safely as possible. Here’s what to do.
Plan an Escape Route
Wherever you live, you should always plan an escape route and memorise it so you know where to go, even if it’s dark and you’re disorientated. Your escape route should be free of obstructions and all members of the household should know where it is.
In the Event of a Fire
Smoke can kill far more quickly than flames, leaving you with a very short time frame to get out. Don’t panic, try to think clearly and close doors, blocking gaps with towels and bedding to prevent smoke from getting in the room. If the room gets smoky, get on the ground where it will be easier to breathe. Don’t ever open a door that is hot to touch.
Get everyone out and leave your possessions behind. Don’t ever go back inside. Wait in a safe area for the fire brigade to arrive.
Fire Safety Equipment
Recommended fire safety devices include:
- Smoke alarms
- A fire extinguisher in the kitchen
- Fire blankets
- Heat and smoke exhaust ventilation systems that can help remove smoke while allowing you to safely evacuate the building.
Use your common sense for fire prevention. Don’t smoke in the house, ensure fireplaces are damped down and fireguards are in place. Don’t leave electric heaters or blankets on overnight. Don’t overload plug sockets.
For more information on smoke and heat ventilation systems and installation, contact Midland Digital today.