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Home fire safety

Updated on November 17, 2018

Sign for fire prevention

Fires can burn down you houses very quickly, sometimes they could be so quick that people can get trapped and die, so we should be very careful and vigilant.
Fires can burn down you houses very quickly, sometimes they could be so quick that people can get trapped and die, so we should be very careful and vigilant. | Source

We need to prevent home fires

Welcome to our article ((21-G2) (47)) Home fire safety

Home fire safety first of all

Dear readers, today we are going to talk about fire safety, because there has been a fire near where I live, the house was badly damaged, but the occupants were lucky enough to run out of the house in time, even though they lost all their personal belongings. This fire has made me see the need about fire safety. You see, when these dreadful things happen suddenly, we become aware that the fire could have been prevented, if the people involved had been more careful, and planned things that could have prevented that happening.

Therefore, in this article we are going to write a few things about fire safety, because we want to point out these dangers, we could also give some advice, how to avoid the fire dangers. Anyhow, this event has made me think, what could have been done to prevent this fire, or what should we do in case of fire; so, let us look at those things that could help us.

I believe that, we should make fire safety a priority in our lives, or any type of fire that puts in danger people and property, because it is very important to do that. You see, we ask questions after properties are burned out and some people die in the fire. This is very sad, and it is even worse, when we think that it could have been prevented. But these things happen because people do not know enough how to prevent the fire, and because they do not have a plan how to escape it, so, they can become trapped and perish.

In this article, we are going to talk about how we could avoid being trapped in a house fire, if we plan safety escape properly. Anyhow, here I am going to use my own life knowledge, and I am going to write about my ways of how to set things up, to give us the best chance to escape the fire.

Anyhow, in the street where we live there have been other fires years ago, and an old man died in the fire and it was very sad. What happened then made the owners demolish the house and for a few years we have this vacant block of land, which is an eye sore in the street, we hope that the owners will soon do something about it and sell it, or build something new, because we are sick and tired to see this very unpleasant views, and it reminds us about the fire and the sad event.

Recently there has been another fire not far from it, but this time the owners managed to escape unhurt, at least this is the good news of this other house fire. Anyhow, I am writing this article also to say my views, and in a small way I hope to say something that could help prevent a tragedy. So, if you read this entire article, you will see my point of views how to leave a way to escape in case of fire. So, let us discuss what could be done, because I believe that we need to plan home fire safety.

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Other fires

This is a sign for fire prevention, it shows how dangerous can be to light a fire in the open country, people should listen to the news specially if they live in the country, and they should know what to do if they need to light a fire outside.
This is a sign for fire prevention, it shows how dangerous can be to light a fire in the open country, people should listen to the news specially if they live in the country, and they should know what to do if they need to light a fire outside. | Source

Home fire safety and other things

Now, we are going to talk about fire danger and home fire safety. Because as soon as something dreadful happens in our lives, we start asking ourselves whether we have done the right thing, and if the disaster could have been avoided, but then it is usually too late for whatever has happened. Therefore, we should look where these dangers come from and plan to avoid them whenever possible.

We would like to bring to our reader’s attention, that what is written in this article, is what has happened recently, and that should be kept in mind while reading this article. You see. in our lives, one of the main dangers is fire and water, in fact, there are sayings in many languages; God help us from fire and water! You see, these two elements that are so friendly when they are in the right proportion, they suddenly can become very dangerous and life threatening, so, we must guard ourselves from these dangerous two elements. Today we cannot help thinking about what has happened in Arizona USA.

You see, while I was editing my article about fire safety, I heard the sad news and I felt so sorry for the loss of life that this fire has caused; there are no words to describe the sad fact that 19 people have lost their lives, while they were doing their best to control this fire in the country of Arizona USA. Our thoughts of sympathy and our prayers go to their families and all those people that are closely involved.

This tragic event goes to prove that fires are very dangerous, even for the fire experts that have been trained to control the fires. Since every year there are fires that damage and kill, so, we must be careful with fire. Anyhow this fire is believed that it was started from a lightning; however, we should not light fires in the open when it is very hot and dry, as these tragedies can happen very fast when it is hot, as it was the case when this fire started.

Here-under are some links that tell us about this tragic fire:

· Obama hails 'heroic' firefighters killed by blaze

01 Jul 2013

· Arizona wildfire

· One dead in brutal heatwave sweeping America's southwest

· America bakes as temperatures approach world record

· Arizona battles deadly wildfire

01 Jul 2013

I hope that these links above work for you, today and in the future, so that they would remind us of these sad facts about dangerous fires. Of course, there are many other fire accidents in the world even as we speak, but here we want to talk about fire safety and other dangers that we are exposed to, during our lives.

Other dangers from the fire

Other dangerous things that we should think about.

As we know, during our lives we are exposed to dangers that sometimes can kill us. Anyhow, apart from the fires in the houses, there are other fires that could be prevented, one of these is when people go out drinking and then they drive when drunk, of course, on the way home or wherever they are going they cause an accident, they smash their car and get hurt; if they cause a major accident not only they can get hurt, but they can also cause damage, injury or death to other people and when the accident is severe the car can even catch fire and the occupants may die in the burning car, which is really a terrible way to die. So, fire is one of those dangers that we should try to avoid, it is too dangerous.

Therefore, whatever we do and wherever we go, we should look after our own safety, it is not going to do us any good if something happens to us, and then, we try to blame somebody else for what has happened to us, we really should try to do our best to prevent anything happening to us, we should also be alert all the time if possible and anything suspicious should be checked out as soon as possible. Of course, there are things that we cannot control, and whatever they are should be looked at and we should be careful, when we come close to these dangers.

Just to mention another danger that some of us might not think about, let me tell you what happened a few days ago not far from where I am living, when a house caught fire. Houses can catch fire and burn and just like the occupant of the car, people can also die in a house fire, but there are things that can be done to avoid that, or at least minimize the loss of life. We must think about fire safety first in wooden houses.

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Timber house on fire

This timber house is burning fiercely, there is no way that this house could be saved now from the fire brigade now.
This timber house is burning fiercely, there is no way that this house could be saved now from the fire brigade now. | Source

Think fire safety first in wooden houses

In this article, we are talking about fire danger. But above all, we would like to talk about fire safety in the houses particularly in wooden houses, because they can catch fire and burn more quickly than houses built with bricks and cement. Therefore, we should ask ourselves, what should we do to minimize the danger for the house occupants? And also, what else can be done to make it safer for the occupants to escape?

Now, let me write about the extra dangers, that we as the occupant of these wooden houses face when they burn, because it is easier for them to burn down and they burn down a lot quicker than a solid brick and concrete building. Anyhow, sometime, we don’t know the reasons why houses burn down, it can be an electrical fault that starts the fire, but most times we don’t know. Anyhow this is the extra danger that we as the occupant of wooden houses face.

Therefore, at this point of time one may want to ask; what can be done to avoid this fire danger? Because I am sure that we want to know the best way to avoid it. Now, this is what I am going to try to explain next, in my own personal ways; since I believe that I know one thing or two to say that could help. But, let us try to stay alert and aware of the danger of fire in these wooden houses, since they burn very quickly, we need also plan what to do to avoid the risks involved, or what should we do to minimize the dangers?

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What should we do to minimize the danger?

Today we talk about that fire alarm saves life, in fact they do save lives; therefore, we must understand that we must at least have a system for fire alarms, even if it might consist of one single fire alarm, but that is not all. There are a lot of other things that one can do, so, let us take a look at what can be done to prevent the building catching fire; at the same time, let us find a way how to avoid loss of life, which is really a tragedy that most times could be prevented, if everything is planed the right way.

You see, there are many fire hazards in our houses these days, in fact there are many more fire hazards today than have been in the past. In the past the fire hazard was present only when we had to have a fire going; so, we were there to mind the fire and use the fire to our advantage, and we were very much aware of its danger, because we used fire constantly. Today we don’t use the fire as much as we did in the past, because there are other things that have taken its place, therefore, our awareness of its dangers has become dull so to speak, therefore, we seem to be less careful about fire hazards, but let us have a look where these fire dangers might be hidden.

Today when it is cold instead of lighting a fire, we have other sorts of heater to warm the place, some of these heaters can be a fire hazard and really, we should not use those heaters that can cause a fire. But if we must use them, we should monitor them constantly, until we can replace them with another type of heather that is safer. But as we know, electric devises can become a fire hazard, so, when we are not using them, we should turn them off properly. For instance, when we go out, we should make sure that everything is turned off properly, and above all when we go to bed, we must turn them off, just in case they might start a fire.

Now, what I have said above is only a way for preventing the fire to start, and then burn the house down, but sometimes no matter how careful we are a fire can get started for many reasons, for instance when an electrical fault starts the fire; so, we have to be ready even for that and work out a way how to avoid this fire danger, even if we have to run away from the fire if we are in danger, since this might be the only wise thing to do.

As I have said, sometimes the only wise thing to do is to run away from the fire if you are in danger, so, this question arises, how can we do that easily and safely when we happen to be inside and all the doors are locked?

Here I have to say that I am writing this explanation in this article, because I want to say that we need to set everything, in a way that would make it is easy for us to escape the fire, since not many people seems to point out this particular danger; I believe that sometimes people make mistakes, when they want their houses safe from break in, because they overdo it, so, they may be able to make their house safe from break in, but in doing so, they put their lives at risk from the fire, because they put safety bars to all windows and doors, when this is done it becomes very hard to get in or out of the house.

This is a dangerous mistake, which could easily cost people lives and it can be prevented, if we plan it the right way in advance properly. Therefore, before we start putting safety bars to all windows and doors, we should use our common sense and realize that if people cannot get in also people cannot get out, I hope now you see what I mean here, because this is where the danger of being trapped is.

Look, how many times we have heard that some people have lost their lives in the fire, when their house burned down. Now, what follows here is one of the most horrible scenario about fires, it is when some people are trapped inside a room and they are crying out for help, but nobody can help them quickly enough to get them out of there, because all their windows have safety bars on them.

This is what I want to say; whatever you do for safety reasons to prevent unwanted people coming into your house do not overdo it, because it is not worth the risk and you can lose your life. So, think first of all, how to set everything up in the first place and make sure above all that you have a way out in case of fire, and then you can go ahead and do what you have to do, to make your house safe. I am sure that now you are going to ask, how can we achieve that? So, let us see what else can be done for safety reasons.

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What else can we do?

So, what else can be done to minimise the fire dangers for the occupants?

To minimize the fire danger for the occupants it is not as easy as it sounds. Because every house is different, therefore every house should be treated in a different way, so there cannot be an easy answer that is the same for every house; therefore, everybody is going to work out what could be done in their own case, but let us suppose this scenario to start with:

So, let us assume that at your house you have a room that has two windows, you are worried that one day somebody will break in, or just walk in without you even knowing it, because in summer, when it is hot the windows are usually open, and because they are low it is easy for a fit person to get in; so, you are thinking to set safety bars to secure your house.

Okay, it is a very good idea to put safety bars to the windows to secure your house from thieves, but by putting safety bars to all your windows and doors, not only it will stop people getting in, it will also stop people getting out, and if there is a fire you are trapped. Therefore, in my opinion you can set safety bars to one window only safely, which you can keep it open all the time if you want, as nobody can get in your house since there are safety bars, the other window you may have to think of doing something else, perhaps you can put safety bars on inches that can manually be opened from the inside, or put in an extra bolts, or whatever it may be needed to make it secure, but whatever you do you should keep in mind that one must be able to open this window manually and easily from the inside.

When we talk about opening a window or door manually, we mean also that you should not install any sort of locks that require a key to open manually, everything must be there in place already and you can open this window easily just by using your hands, therefore, you can use this window or door to escape the fire. This also goes for all the rest of the house, you must leave a way out in each room if possible that you manually can open from the inside and therefore be able to escape the fire. I hope that I have explained myself clear enough about what I believe needs to be done.

I am planning to add more articles if and when I can think of another one, about ways of how we can set or make things for fire safety reasons in our homes. See you soon.

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Anyhow, first of all try to put yourself out of danger, then call the emergency number of your country, if in Australia it is, 000, or call any other authority that are able to help.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service

I believe we have said enough in this article, so, see you in our next article about buildings.

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