installing and testing smoke detectors is one of the easiest steps to enhance
your chances of survival in a fire. Smoke detectors should be installed on
every level of your home (including the basement) and outside every bedroom.
Detectors should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once
a year. Also, never borrow the smoke detector battery for use in another
Have an escape plan and meeting place
the event a fire does occur, it is important to have an established escape plan
and meeting place outside the building. Practice your escape plan with the
entire family so that everyone is familiar with it. Your meeting place should
also be something everyone in the family is familiar with, such as a tree in
the front yard, the end of the driveway, or a neighbor's house. Once everyone
is out of the house and at the meeting place, be sure that no one goes back
inside the house and wait there for the fire department.
Eliminate careless smoking
smoking continues to be the number one leading cause of fire related deaths in
the United States. Be sure to never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy. Empty
ashtrays only after they are cool and check between cushions for any
accidentally discarded ashes or cigarettes.
leave your cooking unattended and keep the cooking area clean of combustibles
such towels and paper products. Turn pot handles away from the edge of the
stove so they cannot be accidentally knocked off the stove. If a grease fire
occurs, do not use water!! Slide a lid over the pan to smother the fire.
Matches & Lighters are not Toys
matches & lighters out of the reach of young children is another way to
have a fire safe home. If you do use a lighter, be sure to use a child proof
one. Teach young children not to touch any lighters or matches and to tell a
grown up immediately.
Use Electricity Safely
not overload electrical outlets or use an excessive amount of extension cords.
Any unused outlets should have covers over them to prevent a child from being
Crawl Low under Smoke
a fire does occur, be sure to stay low and crawl under smoke. Because smoke
rises, the air closest to the floor is cleaner.
Stop, drop & roll
your clothes catch fire, remember to remain calm, and stop, drop to the ground
and cover your face with your hands and roll back and fourth until the fire is
Store flammable liquids in a safe place
sure any flammable liquids such as gasoline and paint thinner are stored in
fire safe containers and away from any appliances such as heaters.
Have a fire extinguisher in your home
sure everyone in the house is familiar with where the extinguisher is located
and how to use it.
No matter type of business you conduct at your workplace, fire safety should always be a main concern. Here are a few fire safety tips you can distribute to your staff. Fire Prevention
Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
Don't overload your circuits.
Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
In the Event of a Fire
Upon finding a fire, call 999 immediately and don't hand up with the emergency responder until told to do so.
Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
Never use elevators during an evacuation.
Follow the escape plan and meet at a per-determined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.
The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and training. Talk with your staff about fire safety in the workplace.
Make sure all family members know what to do in the event of a fire. Draw a floor plan with at least two ways of escaping every room. Make a drawing for each floor. Dimensions do not need to be correct. Make sure the plan shows important details: stairs, hallways and windows that can be used as fire escape routes.
Test windows and doors—do they open easy enough? Are they wide enough. Or tall enough?
Choose a safe meeting place outside the house.
Practice alerting other members. It is a good idea to keep a bell and flashlight in each bedroom. by Appex Fire Safety Solutions www.appexfiresafety.co.uk
A betting shop in Whitton has been ravaged by a fire.
The William Hill shop on Whitton high street, Richmond upon Thames, was left gutted after an electrical fire started, according to the Richmond and Twickenham Times.
Crews from Twickenham, Feltham, Richmond and Heathrow arrived at the scene to tackle the blaze, with five engines and over 25 firefighters. The police and London Ambulance Service were also in attendance.
The blaze started at approximately 13:00 GMT yesterday (January 28th) and the crews worked for more than an hour to extinguish it. Nobody was injured but three people - who were in the shop at the time - had to flee, including the assistant manager Mohammed Hassan. Mr Hassan smelt burning and evacuated the shop, before calling the fire brigade.
Lisa Hicks, station manager at Richmond fire station, said: "It was a severe fire when we arrived - there have been no injuries and the investigation has now started."
Police inspector Simon Young happened to be driving down the high street as the blaze broke out.
"We ran round to the back of the property in order to go up to the flat to make sure nobody was in danger.
"When we were satisfied that was the case we assisted by putting roadblocks in place," he said.
Anish Gola, assistant manager at the neighbouring shop Your Move, said the smoke became darker and darker, while one of the firefighters knocked some of the windows through to check if anyone was inside.
He added that a crowd of people stood outside, watching the crews at work.
A William Hill spokesman was quoted as saying it would be a "considerable amount of time" before the shop opens again. In the meantime, staff would be relocated to other branches.
He added the flat above the shop had also been gutted as a result of the electrical fire.
Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.
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