Fire Protection and Proofing – The Basic Facts

Fire protection indicates the proper methods of protection that people need to employ in order to protect themselves in the event of a fire. Depending upon the type of fire hazards they face people are advised regarding the type of fire protection and fire proofing measures they require.

Public buildings are typically required by law to have certain fire safety regulations and equipment in place. In private homes, residents are responsible for minimizing the risk of household fires by avoiding fire hazards such as faulty appliances and using smoke detectors that alarm them in case of emergencies.

Fire protection can be as simple as turning off the stove before leaving the home or as complicated as fireproofing large buildings. It consists of both preventive and protective measures. Prevention involves taking action to reduce the risk of accidental fires. Protection methods mostly involve equipment specifically designed to discover fire and eliminate it.

The majority of homes employ the preventative tactics and there is a lot one can do to protect yourself, your home, property, and loved ones. We all know the devastation caused by fires so making sure you are properly protected is essential. If you know the basics when it comes to fire safety you can greatly reduce the chance of injury, damage, or worse.

Make sure your electrical points aren’t overloaded. So many people do not realize that overloading can cause an electrical fire that has devastating consequences. These are spontaneous fires and often occur when nobody is around. By the time the authorities are alerted and arrive at the scene the damage might be complete or at least severe. Consider hiring an electrician to evaluate your home to make sure it is safe. When you aren’t using appliances unplug them and never run cords under rugs and carpets. Over time abrasion can wear them down and there is a chance of fire.

Fire protection and fire proofing also includes equipping your home with the basic fire extinguishing equipment so you are alerted to a fire and can take necessary action. A comprehensive fire safety system in your home will include the installation of fire alarms throughout the house. The number you require will obviously depend upon the size of your home. They also need to be placed strategically in the kitchen, bedroom, hallways, etc.

Fire alarms are very important but you might also want to consider installing a sprinkler system that will be activated if and/or when a fire occurs. These were usually only used in large buildings and factories but are now available for residential use as well. They are very useful in combatting fires and helping to protect your home and possessions given the fact that they can extinguish a fire before it spreads.

Remember that effective fire protection requires a proactive approach. Fire proofing your home is easy, and there are many different tools you can use that can make your home safer. Install helpful equipment such as fire alarms and sprinklers. Use caution around your home. Never leave appliances unattended, and unplug them when you are done using them. Being careful and taking preventive measures will help you keep your home and your loved ones safe from the devastating effects of household fires.

Jimm Kerr is the owner of B.I.C.S Fire, a Fire Protection Consultants company located in Benoni, South Africa. For more info regarding our Fire Protection Services please visit our website.

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