Fire Safety Tips & Checklist – In The Home

Fire Safety Is All About Fire Prevention

At Forensic Cleaning Services Ireland we attend to the clean up and restoration of homes and businesses after a fire. In most cases the damage is limited to the internal structures, furniture and belongings, all of which can be repaired and replaced. But in some sad instances, families have lost loved ones and this can never be fixed. What is sad is that in the vast majority of fires, the cause is preventable and certainly if detected quickly enough the damage to both home or family can be avoided.

So here is our Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Checklist:

Fire Safety In The Home

  • Do Your Own Fire Safety/Prevention Check Of Every Room Of Your Home Regularly And Look For Anything That Doesn’t Look Right Or Could Cause A Fire:
    • Fire alarms are fitted and working
    • Candles placed near/on flammable items
    • Candles not in adequate holders/stands
    • Electrical equipment with frayed/faulty/loose wiring
    • Signs of equipment that has become overheated (discolouring or soot)
    • Missing fire guards
    • Furniture placed too close to open fires
    • Portable heaters placed too close to fixtures/fittings
    • Missing/lack of fire extinguishers/fire blankets in key rooms such as kitchen
    • Grease build up on cookers and in ovens
    • Flammable items close to the cooker
    • Overloaded sockets
    • Overly full ashtrays
    • Flammable materials are not left in the home (paints, white spirits, glues)
    • Flammable rubbish build-up (newspapers, magazines, pizza boxes)
  • Be Sure You Have The Following In Your Home:
    • At least one fire alarm on each floor of your home, as close to the center of the largest open space (hall, landing) and you test it weekly by pressing the test button.
    • At least one fire extinguisher placed in a prominent place, such as kitchen or living room (appropriate for protein and electrical fires). Preferably have one downstairs and another upstairs.
    • A fire blanket in the kitchen.
    • Fire ladder in at least the main upstairs bedroom or the room with the best exit route from a window.
    • Torches in the main rooms of the home and especially in the master bedroom
    • A safe place, out of reach of children, for matches and lighters.
    • A clear and agreed plan in the event of fire with a primary and secondary escape route.
      • Who does what (getting the child/children, calling the fire brigade, checking the escape route, etc.)?
  • Last Thing At Night Be Sure To:
    • Blow out all candles.
    • Turn off all heaters.
    • Place fire guards in front of smouldering fires.
    • Close all internal doors.
    • Leave the key in exit doors or at least in the same place nearby every night.
    • Unplug non-essential equipment (not just standby). This includes TVs and phone chargers, etc.
    • Ensure escape routes are clear.
    • Ensure nothing is left on the stairs that could cause you/others to trip.
    • Stub out cigarettes and preferably douse them.
  • If A Fire Should Occur:
    • Do NOT open doors without first checking by placing your hand on the door. If it feels hot leave it closed.
    • If you must open the door then clear the opening and stand behind the door as you open it – this will avoid you getting burnt if the fire blows into the room.
    • Wet some towels and face cloths and place them over your head and shoulders and over your mouth.
    • Put your fire plan into action and make your way to the primary or secondary escape routes.
    • Stay low to the ground – smoke rises so it’s easier to breathe.
    • Close all doors as you leave.
    • Leave all personal belongings (this includes pets if they are not in your immediate vicinity – we know it sounds harsh, but a great deal of fatalities occur because of wasted seconds trying to save mementoes and pets.
    • Once you leave the home DO NOT go back in.
    • Call the fire brigade once you are out of the house.
    • If a fire happens while you are awake and in your immediate vicinity
      • Use appropriate equipment to try and put it out (extinguisher/fire blanket)
      • If putting it out fails, gather your family members and exit the home immediately.
      • Phone the fire brigade from a mobile or neighbour’s home.
    • If you cannot get out.
      • Block the bottom of the door with a wet towel.
      • Open a window and shout “HELP…FIRE” repeatedly.

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Forensic Cleaning Services Ireland provides specialist cleaning and restoration services covering all requirements from water and flood damage to fire and smoke damage and crime scene cleanup/death scene cleanup.

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