Wherever you live, whether in a castle, mansion, luxury apartment, wooden house, or low cost housing, the safety and security of the members of your household are of high priority. Below are a few points to consider before moving into a house.
1.Inspection of locks on your doors.
Firstly, inspect all doors from end to end. If your doors locks are yet to be installed, ensure that they are properly done and are functioning well. Thus, depending on the type of use of the room, there should be an appropriate lock. While ordinary rooms like bedrooms and children’s playing room need ordinary locks that can be opened and closed without any complex mode of access, other sensitive areas require more sophisticated locks like access control locks.
2.Watch out for areas of potential accidents
Secondly, the design of your home can be a potential hazard to you and other occupants. The design of stairs is a typical point in case that can cause an accident at the home. Specifically, the railing along the stairs maybe so low that, a six feet tall person may easily trip and fall off to the other side when he/she misses a step. So it is very vital that the metal railing must be high enough to to prevent accidents of this nature.
3.Use of electronic devices
Beside these, overheating electrical wires are major cause of home fires around the world. Homes located in tropics and other high temperature climates often use air-conditioners. Unfortunately, A/Cs are main triggers of home fires caused by electrical gadgets. To prevent this occurrence, all A/Cs must be switched off when no one is available to make use of it.
4.Eliminating sources of heat
Moreover, for fire to break out, there is no need for this to be ignited by another fire. Usually, fire breaks out when there is a good balance of oxygen, fuel and heat. When these elements come together in the appropriate proportion, there is likely to be a fire outbreak. To eliminate this hazard, it very important that, at least one of the three elements (oxygen, fuel and heat) is eliminated from the equation.
5.Use of fire extinguishers
Finally, simple as it may look, the usage of a fire extinguisher requires a procedure. ‘PASS’ is the abbreviation used to describe the usage of this important safety equipment. It is described below”
P: Pulling off the small pin on the extinguisher
A: Aiming the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the blazing fire
S: Squeezing the lever of the extinguisher gently and increasing the pressure slowly to put out the fire.
S: Sweeping the nozzle from left to right at the base of the fire. Be careful not to go against the direction of the wind if you are fighting the fire in an open space.