Monday, 10 October 2016

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week
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The 9th of October, 2016 has been set aside as Fire prevention day. Fire prevention day will begin the Fire Prevention week herald by the NFPA in America. The theme for this year is still on the home smoke alarm and the importance in homes and businesses, 2016 being the third year the NFPA will raise awareness on this issue. This year it’s mostly focused checking the smoke alarms and ensure functionality.
 

A smoke alarm is critical for the early detection of a fire in your home, offices or school and could mean the difference between life and death. Fires can occur in a variety of ways and in any room of your home. But no matter where or how, having a smoke alarm is the first key step toward your family’s safety.
Every year a large number of people lose their lives and property in domestic fires that if detected early would have been brought under control. The CPSP reported in June, 2016 that In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious, but limited, time needed to escape.

A study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reportedly found out that at least 5 million homes in the U.S. still don’t have smoke alarms. This statistic is much higher in Nigeria with almost 98% of Homes not having any alarms or form of detection of fire.
According to the NFPA, having a working smoke alarm cuts one’s chances of dying in a reported fire in half. But since most of us are so accustomed to this appliance, it becomes easy to take it for granted and remember how important it is to our security. Obviously, your smoke alarm’s primary function is to notify you of any suspicious smoke inside your house. This includes anything from burnt cooking, improperly extinguished cigarettes/cigars (actually among one of the most common causes of fire), and electrical fires. Your alarm will sound at the first sign of trouble, hopefully notifying you of the fire before flames can spread to other parts of the house. Likewise, many electrical fires first take shape as a spark followed by smoldering wires. Your alarm will be able to give you some warning before the fire gets out of control, protecting you and your family.

To optimize your safety in the event of a fire, we recommend taking the following steps:
  • Install the proper number of smoke alarms for your home. In general, it is recommended to have an alarm on each floor of the house, in every bedroom, and outside every sleeping space.
  • Teach children about fire safety. Properly functioning smoke alarms are useless if no one knows how to react in the event of a fire. If you have kids in the home, teach them how to safely exit the house if a fire ignites. Remind them not to stop to grab any toys or belongings to bring with them, as this is many children’s first instinct.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly. This can be effortlessly done by holding down the test button on the front of the alarm.
  • Ensure the smoke alarms are working in optimum condition
If you need assistance with your smoke alarm or would like to schedule a home safety inspection, contact Safety Consultants and Solutions Providers Limited on 08081314194, info@safetysolutionsng.com, www.safetysolutionsng.com . We design the best fire safety systems ever!
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