There’s the shock in your system just before it happens – just before you see that a fire has ravaged your property.
There’s the ashen look on the faces of the crowd that have gathered around the building you once called home. Slowly you push your way through them as smoke billows up into the morning sky. And, that’s it; you’ve seen it – your home reduced to a pile of smouldering ashes.
What could I have done differently? you ask yourself, staring vacantly at members of the fire brigade as they clear away the ash.
The answer is simple – don’t wait for disaster to strike before you become fire conscious. With a fool-proof set of precautions you’ll be less likely to be greeted by a home destroyed by flames.
Try some of these fire safety tips to make the difference between a building standing or smouldering.
Get those walls protected
The easiest way for fire to spread is through the blight of poorly protected and easily perishable walls. For a building with the strength to withstand the flames, you should invest in high-quality blast walls that will endure fire at least until the fire brigade arrives.
With a brand like Durasteel, for example, you will be provided with high-quality fireproofing that can beat back flames for up to four hours. With effective fireproofing you can, at the very least, give your home a fighting chance.
Get the right stuff to extinguish those flames
There’s a mass of products on the market claiming to extinguish even the toughest of flames but, in reality, you only need a few basics to stop fire spreading.
A standard foam-based fire extinguisher, for instance, will work to extinguish all but the most powerful flames, while also stopping the electrical hazard posed by water-based extinguishers.
A fire blanket is also a handy tool – by covering a victim on fire in the blanket, you can suffocate flames and potentially save a life.
Make the perfect exit strategy
In the home or in a business, it’s important to plan your escape routes should a fire occur.
While this may seem like an obvious statement – surely, you’re thinking to yourself, dashing for the front door would be the best option – but the best routes may be blocked off in the event of a fire, so scope out alternatives when making your great escape.
Look at the law – it’s there for a reason
The government has a number of pieces of legislation on fire safety that you should always pay attention to. After all, the law is there for a reason. If you’re a homeowner, try studying business fire safety regulation and see how they could apply to where you live, making your home as safe as, well, houses.