It is our own responsibility to be safe in our homes and workplaces. The National Fire Protection Association says that cooking fires are the major causes of home fires and also injuries and if you want to avoid disaster, it is important to engage everyone and review the safety in our homes.
Deaths from accidents within the home have steadily declined over the years, but one death from a fire is still too many. There are many causes of fires in both the home and workplace and they include, faulty wiring, negligence and accidents.
Fire safety needs to be a priority both at home and at work, in the workplace we have fire drills and diagrams showing you where the exits are. At home you have to take care to do the same thing. Plan a family safety night every so often to make sure everyone understands your fire safety plan. Here is a video showing you what to include in your home fire safety plan.
You can start by;
- Marking your calendars so you remember to check the smoke detectors and also to change the batteries.
- Making sure that your children know the sound a smoke detector makes and what action to be taken
- Testing smoke detectors in every floor, every bedroom and also outside the bedrooms
- Informing your children about the dangers of hot food, stoves or the appliances they use on a daily basis.
- Reviewing escape procedures from the different rooms in the house
- Informing them of who to call when there is an emergency. Also have a reporting location whereby you let everyone know that you are safe.
- Discussing with your family about how Carbon Monoxide works and the actions to take when the alarms sounds.
- Making sure the exterior house number is visible so that the fire department can see clearly
- Making sure that if your clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll
- Learning that if the door handles are hot, learn two ways out of each and every room
Safety measures for the workplace will help enhance employee and public safety.
Below are some safety work tips;
- Ensure employees are well trained in the use of fire extinguishers
- There should be evacuation and fire drills which is required by Fire Code. Include also the supervisory staff and occupants.
- The workplace should have a Fire prevention program. Inspect the fire alarm and any other safety equipment which is required by the fire code. You can ask help from the fire safety consultant.
- Ensure you have an evacuation program which will include procedures for fire wardens during evacuations and also address incidents which include emergencies during the evacuations.
Protect and prepare your family, enhance tenant or employee safety and always be ready for any emergency.