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How to Protect Yourself From Fires

Fire protection is an essential subject nowadays. Almost every single object that one can find at home or in the workplace can burn up and lead to a fire. The incidents of accidental fires have been growing to an alarming rate, making it an even more significant concern for local governments. Fires do not only take a heavy toll on the property; it can also be fatal leading to deaths of adults and children alike. There are, however, some ways of being defensive and preventing potential fire causes.

A Fire Proof Home

Getting your place of residence "fireproof" doesn't mean lining every wall or surface with asbestos, it is not practically and in itself could be a potential health hazard. Fireproofing merely is making sure your house is protected from the causes of fire. Building a firewall is considered one of the most basic fireproofing methods when it comes to homes. Since houses tend to be very close to each other especially in subdivisions or townhouses building a wall around 3-6 feet taller than your house and the house next door can prevent a fire from spreading regardless if the fire originated from a neighbour's house or your house.

Electricity is one of the usual causes of fires, a socket overloading, an appliance shorting out due to a power surge, or even a spark from an exposed wire jumping to other combustible objects causing a fire. To prevent this, people can have their electric lines run through a circuit breaker, so in case of power surges, fluctuations, or electrical equipment overload the whole circuit will trip and not lead to fires.

Only keeping matches and lighters away from the reach of children is another excellent way of fire protection. Too often have fires started from children playing with matches or lighters, and even worse, these situations put children in the forefront of danger. Part of responsible parenting is making sure that potentially dangerous items are inaccessible to children.

Installing new warning devices like smoke detectors and similar fire safety equipment can also contribute to preventing fires from escalating or at least minimizing the damage it can cause. If one cannot afford to install a fire alarm system then printing out fire department hotlines and similar emergency contact numbers would suffice, be sure that everyone at home is educated as to how to use the contact numbers and where they are found.

Making sure that the house has unobstructed paths to exits also help contribute to fire protection. A cluttered home may mean the difference between escaping with no injuries, with minor injuries, and not escaping at all. It should be a conscious effort for everyone in the household to keep the house and everything in it in order. Running some fire drills at home can also help occupants maintain a calm state of mind in case of emergencies.

Fire protection is not rocket science; all of the precautions or safety measures related to fires are very practical and easy to understand and pick up. The most important thing in protecting oneself from fire is calm and vigilant.