In 2012 226 people in the UK lost their lives as a result of house fires, the unfortunate reality of these figures is that all of these deaths could have been prevented. House fires often start as a result of human error and resulting deaths often occur much the same. To prevent you becoming another statistic we have mapped out five essential tips that will prevent fire and ultimately save lives.
Remove your chip pan
Chip pans cause a fifth of all house fires in the UK each year, so it comes as no surprise that we recommend you remove a chip pan from your kitchen. Even more worrying, it’s estimated that 20 people are killed or injured every day in accidental fires that start in kitchens, often these deaths are put down to deep fat frying. Removing a chip pan from your kitchen will not only give you an added level of fire protection but you can now start a new health regime with oven chips!
Install a smoke alarm
This may seem like an obvious suggestion to some, but it’s estimated that 80% of homes in Britain are fitted with smoke alarms, although this is a high proportion, 20% of homes in Britain are still vulnerable to fire deaths. When installing a smoke alarm be sure to install it in the correct way and in an area of your home where smoke can be detected easily. In 2010 it was revealed that in nearly half of the cases where death occurred as a result of fire, a smoke alarm was installed. The reason so many deaths occur when smoke alarms are fitted is because of human error, either batteries aren’t fitted or smoke alarms aren’t tested for faults. Test your alarm, install batteries and position your alarm in a prominent place in your house.
Check your plugs
In recent years there have been more and more reports of house fires as a result of over loading plugs and other household plug causing fires. The cause of overloading plugs is often put down to extension leads that are overloaded, which result in overheating and ultimately house fires. Recently it has emerged that a number of house fires have started from plug-in air fresheners overheating and catching alight. To prevent plug fires, don’t overload plugs or extension leads, remove plugs from sockets at night and don’t leave air fresheners plugged in for long periods.
Install a sprinkler system
Installing fire sprinkler systems into the domestic environment may seem like a drastic step to take when trying to ensure your home is fire resistant. Fire sprinkler systems are the ultimate fire deterrent and will certainly ensure that your home is completely fire resistant. Fire sprinkler systems works by detecting smoke then responding by spraying the required amounts of water on to the fire, thus extinguishing the fire. Although it can be quite an expensive means of fire resistance, sprinkler systems are the most effective way of reducing the potential of fire fatalities.
The careless disposal of cigarettes is the single biggest killer in house fires. Fires as a result of smoking usually occur as a result of users being under the influence of alcohol or lighting up in bed. Smoking related fires represent 36% of house fires across the UK and these fires do kill. When lighting up in the house makes sure you “put it out, right out”.