Monthly Archives: October 2018
This is a guest post by Martha Newbold. who writes for YourLocalSecurity.com. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
A quality sprinkler system is critical in safeguarding a business or residential building from the devastation that a fire can cause.
In the UK, the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, known as BAFSA, is responsible for over 85% of all sprinkler installations in the United Kingdom. Their goal is to keep people informed about the benefits of having a sprinkler system, as well as being a significant stakeholder in fire safely legislation and standards.
Sprinklers in the UK must be installed to a certain standard. Domestic and residential buildings currently must comply with standard BS 9251: 2005, whilst the commercial and industrial building equivalent is standard BS EN12845: 2004. These safety and security legislations are scheduled to be revised in the near future as part of an on-going review of fire safety guidelines in the UK.
This is a guest post by Allen. who writes for YourLocalSecurity.com. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
Many of us know the most common fire hazards in a home. Smoking and associated practices, like falling asleep with a lit cigarette or leaving a cigarette burning in an ashtray, is a major source of home fires. Careless cooking practices, especially while frying, also cause many home fires each year. Despite the danger of these practices, most people are aware of the risk that they pose, so they are generally fairly cautious when it comes to those things.
While it is a good idea to be conscious of the common fire starters, the danger often lies with the fire hazards that we are less familiar with. There are fire hazards around every corner, and we need to be aware of them if we want to prevent them.
#1- Christmas Lights
Some fire dangers are seasonal. The winter cold makes many of us turn to alternate forms of home heating to save money. These small-scale heating options, such as space heaters and fire places, can be energy-efficient, but they also create additional fire hazards. People are generally aware of the dangers posed by space heaters and fireplaces, though.
People are less aware of dangers that come in pretty holiday packages. As festive as they are, holiday lights prove a major seasonal fire hazard. Lights on outdoor trees, the exterior of the home or around windows can create heat and ignite small areas that can grow into major fires. Live trees prove the most dangerous fire source when it comes to Christmas lights, though. As live trees lose moisture, the dry wood and pines become more prone to catching fire due to contact with hot lights. It’s important to keep trees hydrated inside the home by supplying water at the base to minimize the fire hazard.
This is a guest post by Dean K. is a freelance writer. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
Fire protection starts with fire prevention. The best protection we have against fires is to minimize the chances of a fire occuring. There are several simple but very effective fire prevention measures that can be used in the home.
1. Do not smoke when tired, in bed or on medication. This might appear to be a very basic suggestion but, in reality, the number of fires caused by lighted cigarettes is on the increase every year. Medication can dull the senses as can tiredness. The risk of a dropped cigarette on bed linen or furniture is greatly increased in this situation.
2. Get in the habit of performing a routine bedtime check. Develop the habit of ensuring that all electrical appliances are unplugged. Extinguish or block all open fires. Empty ashtrays. Close all doors in order to impede the possible spread of smoke and fire. Performing a routine safety check every night before going to bed could be the difference between life and death.
3. Smoke alarms should be placed in all rooms except for bathrooms and kitchen areas. Install heat sensors in food preparation areas. Smoke alarms should be checked regularly and the batteries changed every year. Check that appropriate fire extinguishers and fire blankets are easily accessible. The fire extinguishers should be serviced yearly.
This is a guest post by Nick at Guardian Fire Protection. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.
A fire extinguisher that’s not properly charged is just as dangerous, if not MORE dangerous, than not having a fire extinguisher at all. One thing many people don’t know is that fire extinguishers that have been used at all should be considered empty and should be either recharged or replaced – regardless of how much extinguishant was actually sprayed out! So now that you know when your fire extinguishers need to be serviced, the question remains: should they be recharged or replaced?
A good fire extinguisher should last you up to 12 years or more, provided you keep up with proper maintenance. What this means as long as the shell holds up, you should be fine with just having your fire extinguisher refilled and letting it live its life. However, if you want the best (and most economical) fire protection, you’re usually better off letting your fire protection company replace the extinguishers! Fire extinguishers are generally not expensive (refilling them is often the same cost as replacing!) and getting brand new fire extinguishers is the easiest way to guarantee that you’ll be completely protected from fires.
Note: the above applies only to fire extinguishers that have been used. If your fire extinguisher is slowly losing charge even though you haven’t touched it in a while, you may have a leak or a small crack in the shell – both things that would require fire extinguisher replacement.
When else should you have your fire extinguishers replaced?