2nd October 2018 @ 3:40 PM

Fire Prevention at Home: Tips from RFC Fire and Security Services

Families spend hundreds of euros each year on home and contents insurance, but it is also imperative to take the proper care to protect your home with simple safety procedures. Fire prevention is a key element of home safety. Today, RFC Services share some of the easy steps you can take to ensure you and your family are safe from what can be a devastating event.

Test and maintain your smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are the fastest and most accurate fire detection devices. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house and one outside the door of each bedroom.

Ensure the smoke alarms you buy are manufactured to all current quality standards and regulations. You should test your detectors once every month and change the batteries twice a year to ensure fire prevention.

Maintain your heating appliances

Stoves, dryers and boilers are common accidental fire starters. Bring in a professional once a year to service your appliances and ensure they are in proper working order.

Don't overload power sockets

Try to avoid charging multiple computers, phones, cameras or other rechargeable devices on the same power sockets. Cables can easily become tangled and are electrical fire hazards. Extension leads and power strips also contribute to this danger and using too many can overload your outlets, so be conscious of how many devices you are plugging in at the one time. Be wary of cheaper charging devices too as they may overheat quickly. Never leave a phone charging under a pillow.

Clean and organize regularly

Dry recycling can be a powerful fire accelerator. Ensure that you throw away items such as old newspapers and cardboard boxes, and other types of packaging, regularly. Keep entryways clear of clutter so that you won't have obstacles in the event of a fire.

Purchase fire safety equipment

In the event of a fire occurring, it is very wise to have fire safety equipment in your home such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets. These should be kept within a close distance of fire hazards such as the cooker. If you have a fire extinguisher, it must be tested regularly, and you should ensure that you know how to use it properly.

RFC Fire & Security Services can advise you on the most appropriate fire prevention equipment for your home.

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