Building codes must be followed to assure a home is a fire risk free environment. In homes with older wiring and water damage, proper inspection and maintenance should be taken care of to prevent a house from being a fire hazard.
Fire protection measures include some that protect against fire and others that can be used for prevention. Most household fires start from an electrical source. Home safety does not mean that if the house has sprinklers and alarms it is safe to go outside; you should always be aware of your surroundings and what to do in case of fire.
There are two main types of home fire protection, mechanical and chemical. Mechanical techniques like sprinkler systems are installed to prevent a fire from spreading. These are operated by a series of tubes which spray water at high pressure. When a fire breaks out the liquid sprayed from the sprinkler heads or sprayers will quickly burn the debris which causes the fire to spread.
The other type of protection from fire is extinguishing the fire with smoke, water or fire. Fire extinguishers should be on every household fire escape list and in every home.
Before you use the extinguisher, have it inspected by a professional and read the label carefully. Make sure that all the safety levels are met and know how to use the extinguisher. You need to do this so you can be assured that you are using it correctly.
Always keep pets out of the kitchen while a fire is burning. Keep children away from the doors as they are still at risk of breathing in the fumes from the fire. You should also use smoke detectors around the home to reduce the risk of fire in your home.
If you are unsure about the placement of a fire extinguisher, consult a professional before the use of it. He or she will be able to advise you if a certain extinguisher is to be used.
Placing fire alarms in all bedrooms, including bathrooms is one way to prevent a fire in the room. This is the easiest way to prevent a fire in the room.
Smoke alarms work by emitting a sound to alert the person who lives in the room to the presence of smoke. The batteries in smoke alarms are non-replaceable, so it is important to make sure your smoke alarm is replaced yearly.
A smoke alarm should be installed above any fireplace or chimney. Proper installation of a smoke detector is important to prevent the fire from starting.
Using the stairs instead of a hallway to enter the room from where the fire started is another way to prevent a fire. Children can be taught to open the door from the stairs to avoid the fire from spreading. When a fire starts, it is best to leave the room immediately.
Monitoring home fire protection is essential. Proper maintenance and inspection can help prevent a fire from happening.