It’s Fire Prevention Month: Tips to Fireproof Your Home
With the summer sun gradually hovering over our roofs this March, it is best to steer clear of fire hazards. March happens to be one of the hottest months in the country. According to PAGASA, it is around this month when temperature and humidity begin to skyrocket, signaling the coming of the dry season. Incidentally, fire incidents in record numbers also occur this time of year, based on data from the Bureau of Fire Protection. With March being the Philippines’ Fire Prevention Month, it’s high time we give you tips to fireproof your home.
Fireproof Your Home with These Important Tips
One of the easiest ways to fireproof your home is to make use of a fire-resistant coating. Apply fire-resistant paint on interior walls and ceilings as a clear coating. The coating goes on quickly, and there’s absolutely no drilling or construction incurred in this fireproofing upgrade. Just make sure you hire a professional to do the application because it’s a specialized job.
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Majority of fire accidents are associated with the burning of textiles. It’s good to know that some fabrics out there that resist fire more than others. Opt for wool, silk, polyester, and heavy and tightly-knitted linen, cotton, lyocell, and rayon fabrics for draperies, upholstery, slipcovers, and rugs.
Another way to fireproof your home from fire is to create a border around your house that is essentially fire-resistant. Plant small fire-retardant plants that grow close to the ground. Fire-resistant plants include kakawate (Gliricidia sepium), banana (Musa), abaca (Musa textilis), malunggay (Moringa oleifera), and cassava (Manihot esculenta). Look for plants that are low-resin and high in moisture content.
Fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire extinguishers
More than half of fatal home fires happen at night when people are asleep. Fire alarms, smoke detectors, and sprinklers cut your family’s risk of dying in a fire in their sleep by half. You should have them in every bedroom, as well as one on each floor of your house. If you don’t already, keep at least one fire extinguisher in your house. A good place to keep one is in the kitchen as that is where many fires start. Make sure everyone who is old enough knows how to use it.
Practice safety tips
Everyone in your home should be fire smart! Unplug all electrical equipment when not in use. Routinely check for gas leaks and maintenance issues. Keep flammable objects out of the children’s reach. Be careful where you smoke. If you do smoke, put your butts out completely before tossing them. Flickering lights, sparking switches, and the smell of something burning when plugging in appliances should be considered as warning signs.
The moment you catch sight of something burning, call 911 immediately. Tell the emergency operator of your location right away. Fire incidents are deadly, but if you fireproof your home and follow these safety precautions, you can prevent untoward incidents from happening.
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