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Fire Safety Measures At Home

The risk of a fire starting exists in all our homes. We, therefore, must never assume that a fire cannot happen in our homes, but accept that it can happen
03 Oct 2014 14:25
Fire Safety Measures At Home
Bimla Wati.

The risk of a fire starting exists in all our homes. We, therefore, must never assume that a fire cannot happen in our homes, but accept that it can happen so that we are always be careful all the time.

In this week’s Sun Shopper, the National Fire Authority (NFA) advises home owners on the importance of fire safety at home and be mindful of fire risks all the time to stop any chance of a fire from happening at home.

As home and property owners, we have the responsibility to ensure the safety of our family members and likewise that of our property. We cannot delegate this responsibility and accountability to anyone else and must take this responsibility and accountability seriously.

We must ensure that we carry out the following:

– Do not live our children alone and ensure they are supervised all the time.

– Avoid overloading electrical circuits

– Inspect electrical cords and appliances for damage

– Do not leave your cooking unattended, stay in the kitchen during cooking and ensure that you properly extinguish all cooking fires before leaving the kitchen or cooking area.

– Place the mosquito coil in a safe and metal plate

– Never put the mosquito coil on paper

– Place mosquito coil away from curtains and other combustible materials

– Always practice good housekeeping

– Kerosene stove should be kept clean and ensure that the wick is properly placed and kerosene is filled to appropriate level.

– Store all combustibles and hazardous material in a safe place and always keep it locked.

– Candles should be placed in a metal surface and away from other combustible materials and should be extinguished properly before leaving your home and going to bed.

The NFA is also advising home and property owners consider investing and installing in some fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets and smoke detectors (alarms) in their properties.

NFA chief executive officer, John O’Connor said that the smoke detector is an important fire safety equipment which people can install at home.

“Smoke detector (alarm) detects the presence of a smoke and immediately raises an alarm for early alertness before the fire breaks out.  Smoke alarm are easy to install and can be purchased from fire agents and other electrical and electronic equipment distributors.

The NFA is urging members of the community to contact their respective fire stations for advice before they make a decision to purchase the smoke alarm.

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