Save Lives from Fires at Home

Lurking in households are many sources of risk: The congested multi-purpose socket for example, or the hood, the filter has not been changed for a long time, can cause fire. What dangers lurk as well? We examined these dangers recently as we looking into getting Las Vegas fire extinguisher service done for our home.

Full Fire Fighting

In apartments

At about every fourth fire a private household is affected. Fires often result from small disasters, but also often by mistake. Potential sources of fire are often ignored, but looking closely can be in every household make fires. Typical hazards are old or broken appliances – and especially if they have been handled improperly. Even devices that generate heat are to be used with caution and used in a way so they do not become an ignition source. The kitchen is regarded as the number one source of danger. Hot oil when roasting or frying can splatter and catch things on fire. If a second mistake is made and water is used to put out an oil fire there may be an explosion. Domestic appliances must be safely stopped and unplugged before cleaning.

Smoke alarm: alarm-saving

A smoke detector can be mounted with minimum effort.

House fires are especially dangerous for people, because of smoke and toxic vapors. In fact smoke poisoning is the leading cause of fires in the home. Smoke detectors provide reliable early warning protection. They warn loudly before the silent danger when traveling in the apartment. Particularly suitable are battery powered devices that also work if the power goes out. Detectors are recommended to have a test button and give an audible signal when the battery needs to be replaced. Most models can be easily changed – the easiest at the ceiling because smoke rises. Anyone who owns a large apartment, should acquire multiple devices. But is important in any case that the alarm be audible throughout the house.

Advice for fire protection

  • Located in the residential area with combustible materials such as wood, textiles, paints; a fire extinguisher should be close at hand. For domestic use, fire blankets and fire extinguishers are suitable with water or foam.
  • Extinguishers that have defects or crackling should not be used. They create a smell of burning or jumping out the fuse, that should be taken seriously.
  • Electrical cables must not show any damage to the insulation, otherwise they must be replaced. This is especially true for households with children or animals. Loose or wobbly sockets light switches are dangerous as well.
  • Flammable liquids must be kept away from flames or heat sources. If an object is more than just warm to the touch, such as a charger, the distance to combustible materials must be increased.
  • The filter of the hood must be regularly cleaned and replaced. Grease could catch fire.
  • Appliances provide only non-flammable surface, such as glass or a stone slab.

Photo Credit: Nolan Williamson