Although every year there are more and more people signing up for fire safety training, there is still a lack of fire safety awareness in the world and not enough people have been trained on how to properly deal with fires and what precautions must be put in place. Now, there is far more to fire safety that knowing how to extinguish a fire – you have to know how to safely evacuate everyone in the area, how to prevent fires, and what equipment should be set up around the building.
Basic Fire Safety Tips
Going on a fire safety training course, while preferable, isn’t necessary. Provided that you have a good understanding of basic fire safety then you should be able to put your knowledge into play at home and at the workplace. Below we have detailed some of the fire safety tips that everyone should be aware of.
Assessing a Fire. Every fire is different and depending on a few different factors, you may be able to contain it and eliminate it without any additional help. A basic rule of thumb is that if the fire is taller than you, it’s too late and you should quickly evacuate the building. Make sure that someone has called the emergency services.
Cover Your Mouth. Smoke is incredibly harmful to your lungs and if you inhale it for too long, you risk serious lung damage as well as a range of other health issues. The best thing to do is cover your mouth and nose using your clothes, and crawl towards the exit (smoke rises, therefore there is less smoke at leg-height).
Use the Right Extinguisher. Fire extinguishers don’t all fall into one neat category – there are 5 main types of fire extinguishers – and if the fire is in the early stages, make sure that you use the correct fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames.
Pull the Fire Alarm. This may seem obvious although even the simplest of tasks slip our minds in times of panic. The most efficient way to alert everyone in a building that there is a fire is a fire alarm – fire alarms are loud, distinct, and can’t be mistaken.
Cabinets and Fire Safety
Cabinets are often overlooked when it comes to fire safety although by taking a few simple steps, you could literally save someone’s life if a fire were to break out. When there is a blaze of fire spreading through a building, a lot of the building’s structure is affected and as a result, floors may collapse, and furniture may begin to topple.
All of your cabinets should be secured to the wall. You can purchase straps to screw into the wall and cabinets. Not only will this prevent furniture from toppling in the event of a fire, but if there is ever a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, it’ll prevent unnecessary injuries.
What Equipment Should Be Available
There is a lot of basic fire safety equipment available including fire extinguishers, fire blankets, oxygen masks, and smoke detectors, although if you’re able to afford it then it may be worth enquiring about a good sprinkler system.
A lot of people are discouraged by sprinkler systems as they are fairly pricey and professionals have to install them. But, if you take the time to consider how much it would cost you to repair a burnt down building, it’s worth it.
Taking 30 minutes to watch fire safety videos and reading articles can advance your knowledge on how to deal with fires. If you’re an employer, consider taking an hour out of the week to sit down with all of your employees, go through some basic fire safety procedures, and make sure that they know how to deal with a fire if a situation ever arises.