It’s time for a fire safety in October recap!
As we come to the end of the month, we must look at all of our resources that help us better understand fire safety. This means educating ourselves about maintaining kitchen fire safety urged by NFPA, being aware of the fire extinguisher inspection requirements, and how to best create and practice fire escape plans.
Read further for more details.
NFPA Urges To Maintain Kitchen Fire Safety
With almost half of all home fires starting in the kitchen, it’s important that you know how to prevent fires in yours. During Fire Prevention Week, the NFPA have declared the theme to be fire kitchen safety.
This year, the theme is ‘Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen’. With home cooking and kitchens being the host of so many fires, it’s an area that needs to be addressed. Their work includes putting out free educational materials, games and apps to help educate kids, and videos that show you how to stay safe while cooking.
With all these tools, they aim to keep everyone safe in the kitchen by raising awareness. So how can you be sure you’re safe when cooking?
Your Guide To Fire Extinguisher Inspection Requirements
The fire extinguishers in your work place are something you don’t often think about. After all, you’re never going to use them if you’re lucky. That’s why it’s so easy to forget to inspect them. That’s how people find out that the extinguishers aren’t charged up or working when a fire does break out.
Once a month, you’ll need to inspect the fire extinguishers in your building, to ensure that everything is in good order. This is a visual check, so shouldn’t take too long. If you do find anything is missing or incorrect, you can quickly put it right. This is something that is required by OSHA, so ensure that these checks get done on time.
Firstly, you want to see that every fire extinguisher in the the building is in its designated space. If it’s not there, you’ll need to find it and put it back, or ensure a new one is installed. You also want to ensure that nothing is blocking access to the equipment, so it can be easily grabbed in an emergency. Check that the instructions for using the extinguisher are clean and easily legible, in case of a fire breaking out.
How To Best Create And Practice Your Fire Escape Plan
One of the most popular tips for fire safety is to create a fire escape plan. Whether you’re creating a plan for your home or apartment, or for a business, you need to know that it will keep you safe no matter what.
First, here are a few basic escape planning tips to remember:
Consider the exit points. Wherever your building is, you need exit points out of as many rooms as possible. Make a plan of your home, and see where the exit points are. Remember, windows work as exit points as well. If you have children, show them the plan and how they can get out, should they need to.
Walk through the plan. Once you’ve determined the exits, walk around the building to see whether you can easily get out through them. Are the windows and doors easily opened? Adjust your plan if needed.
Prepare visitors with the escape plan. Whether you have house guests or clients visiting the office, they need to be made aware of the fire escape plan. Show them where the exits are, and ensure they get out safely if a fire does occur.
It can be tiresome to find the most factual and effective information about fire safety matters. But what we’ve gathered here is a great start to guide you in the right direction. Connect with a fire safety consultant for further assistance.