Whether you have a residential or a commercial building, there are some prevention and safety guidelines to follow, in order to keep everyone prepared and safe in the event of a fire. If there is a fire, you need to act quickly and ensure that everyone in the house knows about the fire. While you are getting out of the property, remember:
- Try not to panic
- Don’t spend time trying to save valuables
- Don’t investigate the fire
- Before opening doors, feel them with the back of your hand (if they are warm, don’t open them as the fire is on the other side)
- If the area is filled with smoke, crawl on the floor
- Use an escape plan to get everyone out of the house safely and quickly
- Don’t go back to the building
Homes fires can occur for a variety of reasons, but most of them are preventable. There are ways to reduce the risk of fires from happening, such as the use of good quality fire safety equipment. It is highly important to ensure that your property has the basic fire prevention equipment in place.
- Install and maintain smoke and fire alarms
Smoke and fire alarms should be installed on every floor of your property and tested monthly. Make sure to have a spare battery and charge the device’s batteries when needed.
- Install fire-rated doors
In the United Kingdom, a typical two-storey house that has an integral garage should have an FD30 fire door (30-minute fire resistant) between the main property and the garage. This fire door should be equipped with smoke seals and a self-closing mechanism, such as a door closer or fire door retainer. Intumescent equipment, such as FD30 intumescent hinge packs, should also be used.
In case you are considering replacing internal standard doors with fire-rated doors, there is no legislative reason to do so, however, there is nothing preventing you from installing fire-rated doors if you are looking for additional safety measures. A fire door needs to be fitted correctly in order to efficiently perform in the event of a fire and should be equipped with the necessary intumescent strips and fire seals. At Ironmongery Experts, we have a wide selection of fire safety equipment for fire doors, including fire seals, drop down seals, intumescent lock packs, intumescent hinge packs and intumescent letter plates.
- Be aware of common fire hazards
Most fires start due to leaving cooking equipment and candles unattended, as well as smoking indoors, faulty electrical equipment and unmaintained heating equipment. Always remember to keep electrical devices and appliances well maintained and always switch them off and unplug them when not in use.
- Create a fire escape plan
Every minute counts in the event of a fire, so it’s highly important to have an escape plan for everyone to get out of the property safely and quickly. You should come up with at least two different ways to exit every single room in the property and designate a meeting place outside your home.
We hope that these fire prevention tips have been helpful. If you have any questions regarding our fire safety products, feel free to email our team at [email protected] or give us a call on 01376 557 561.