Despite enormous advances in technology and public awareness, fire remains one of the leading causes of death in the UK. One of the major reasons for fire’s deadliness is that there are so many potential causes; a recent fatal fire was caused by a faulty fusebox. With that being said, there are a number of things you can do to prevent a fire from hurting your family. In this post, we take a look at a few of the life-saving strategies you can follow.
If you’re caught in a building on fire, it’s imperative to keep low as you make your prompt exit. Both heat and smoke rise, often making it difficult to breathe while standing up.
The vast majority of people who die in a fire either pass out or even asphyxiate long before the flames ever actually reach them. In the same vein, you should try to cover your mouth with a wet cloth if possible. It will make it easier to breathe.
Check for heat
It’s one of the more well-known tips, but it bears repeating. A post for city survival guide @urbansurvivalsi reiterates an old rule:
“There are two steps to find out if there is a fire going on behind a closed door: first, quickly observe to see if there’s any smoke filtering through the cracks between the door and the wall or floor. If there isn’t any, this still doesn’t mean it’s safe, so you will then need to physically feel the door for heat. If there is heat of any kind, it is not safe to go through the door. If there isn’t any heat, cautiously open the door slightly and peer through. If you still don’t see any signs of fire, it should be safe.”
In any home, there should always be a way of getting out from the first floor, or even upper storeys if you have them. If you are cut off from the stairs or the usual exits are blocked, you need a way of getting outside. Some older houses, for instance, have windows that don’t properly open or only open a small window. This will mean having to break a window to escape, a task that may prove difficult in the confusion and disorienting smoke – never mind the fact you’ll be clambering over broken glass. Take a look at your upper floors – how would you escape if the stairs weren’t an option?
It’s important to know what to do in a fire, that’s true. Lives have been saved by following proper procedures. However, the key to surviving a fire is to invest in a high-quality smoke alarm. It’s entirely possible to miss a fire starting without a loud warning. But not all fire alarms are made equal.
The high-quality alarm systems we install come with a number of added extras to ensure that your family is safe from the dangers of fire. We believe that preventing fires should always be the first aim for any homeowner, and that means paying attention to smaller things that can start fires.
However, if a fire does start your family will have a much better chance of survival if you were alerted to a fire starting with plenty of time to get out. If you’re interested in learning more, take a look around our site today or get in touch with a member of our team.