Fire Safety Month: How to Prevent Structural Fires and Stay Safe
For fire safety month, we have decided to talk about structural fires.
Whether you are a farmer, a homeowner, or even a resident of an apartment complex, we all have to be aware of fire risks. Accorded to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), most Americans underestimate the risk of fire.
In 2015 alone, structural fires were the cause of 2,635 deaths and $10.3 billion worth of damage. That means everyone has to worry about fire safety. To prepare you, we have gathered a list of tips to prevent structural fires. Also, we will show you how to stay safe if a fire should ever occur. Let’s do it!
Identify Fire Hazards Ahead of Time
The best way to prevent a fire is to understand the risks. Do you have a fireplace? Does your family cook in a kitchen? These are just some obvious ways a fire could start in a home. Some of those risks are unavoidable (everyone has to cook, right?). For businesses, we recommend hiring a trained safety professional to inspect your installations. In the event of a fire, you will have to worry about losing revenue due to infrastructure losses caused.
Homeowners should also know the most common causes of house fires:
- Cooking equipment
- Electrical equipment
- Curious or unattended children
- Faulty wiring
- Flammable liquids
Now that you have a better understanding of your risks, it is time to make a plan.
For safety, identify the fastest escape routes for evacuation. Set a meeting place where everyone can gather. For businesses, keep a checklist on hand that outlines who works for you and where. This way, you can make sure no one is missing. If someone does end up missing, you will have the information to help emergency professional get your employees out safe.
For prevention, we recommend you follow a trained safety professional recommendations. They will often find ways to lower your fire risks (such as trimming highly-flammable brush in high-risk areas). As well, keep a Standard or High Capacity STOP-FYRE® extinguisher on hand to fight the fire. Remember, only fight the fire if you feel safe. If things get out of hand, immediately evacuate. Lastly, place smoke detectors in high-risk areas and check them regularly to make sure they are working properly.
Set Up Automatic Fire Extinguisher Systems
Let’s be honest, you could be fully prepared -- but a fire could still start and get out of hand.
This is a truth that every business owner, farmer, and homeowner must face.
When a fire starts, every second counts. The longer it burns the harder it will become to stop the fire. That’s why it is important to have a plan, even if there is no one around to put the fire out.
So what can you do?
Set up an automatic fire extinguisher system that will fight fires even if you are not there. Here at AKE Safety Equipment, we have two Automatic Fire Extinguisher Systems that will help you keep utility rooms, small spaces, kitchens, diesel rooms, and much more under constant protection.
Remember, safety should always be first. But it is also important for business’ owners, farmers, and homeowners to minimize damage. We recommend training employees and family members to identify safe evacuation routes in case of fire. Keep fire extinguishers in high-risk areas and collectively, establish a meeting point.
The key is to practice prevention. That means maintaining smoke detectors, buying trustworthy fire extinguishers, and creating a plan if a fire should ever occur.
And of course, call your local fire station immediately!
Happy fire safety month everyone and stay safe!