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Fire Alarm Safety Tips At Home

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Let’s be honest, homes are full of safety hazards. From slippery floors, sharp tables, stairs, kitchens and pools, your home along with other most other establishments have a wide range of hazards that can put our safety at risk. We don’t think too much about it though, as freak accidents such as slipping on the floors and hitting your head on ground is unlikely to happen. And if it does, most of the time it’s not going to be a life-threatening situation. What is life-threatening though, are fires. If a fire breaks out in your house whilst you’re asleep, you’ll only have a couple of minutes to evacuate before it’s too late. That’s why home fire alarms are a legal requirement. Without working fire alarms in your home, you are


  • 57% more likely to incur property loss and damage;
  • 26% more likely to suffer serious injuries; and
  • 4 times more likely to die


It’s evident that home fire safety is an extremely important, if not a life-saving topic. So here’s a quick guide on some home fire alarm safety tips to ensure you can sleep well at night.


Regular Maintenance


You must perform regular maintenance on all your fire alarms at least every two months. Clean the dust, check the batteries, and push the test button to ensure that your fire alarm is working properly. A good rule of thumb is to change your fire alarm batteries every time you need to change your clock batteries (every year). Also, never paint over your fire alarm or they simply will not work.


10 year lifespan


Your fire alarms have roughly a 10 year lifespan, so they need to be replaced every decade. If you’re not sure when the last time your fire alarms were replaced, do it now just in case. Better to be safe than sorry.


Practice fire drills


While we all enjoy having a coffee and a chat during the fire evacuation drills at the workplace, the same fire evacuation drills should be performed in your home. Locate the areas where a fire is most likely to break out and work out an escape route for you and your family. You’ll obviously need to have several escape routes as a contingency, but if you and your family practice evacuating from every room in your home, you’ll have no issues in the case of a fire. It’s imperative that everyone understands the different ways to evacuate your house in case of a fire, and you should practice your fire drills at least every 12 months.


Ensure your fire alarms are positioned correctly


Fire alarms must be positioned between each bedroom and the rest of house. In addition to this, fire alarms must also be positioned inside every bedroom where someone sleeps with the door closed. If you live in a multi-storey complex, fire alarms are required on every level along with fire alarms located along the evacuation path. It’s essential that you check you have adequate fire alarms in your home and that they are positioned correctly. Fire alarms that are positioned incorrectly are extremely dangerous because they provide a false sense of security.


Secure flammable materials in safe areas


It’s important that flammable materials are kept in safe areas to reduce the risk of a fire. Keep heaters at least two metres away from any flammable materials, and ensure you children and pets are closely supervised when the heater is on. Remember to turn off your heater when you leave the room too. Also, if you have gas bottles in the house, such as barbeque gas cylinders, store them in a place where children cannot access them.


Specialised smoke alarms


For people who are deaf or have hearing problems, specialised fire alarms are available. While the costs of specialised fire alarms are more expensive than their traditional counterparts, the Department of Human Services provides assistance via a subsidy. All you require is a letter from your medical practitioner explaining your condition.


Ensure you have a home fire extinguisher


Cooking is a common cause of house fires, and in most cases, cooking fires can be extinguished with a home fire extinguisher. It’s always a good idea to have several fire extinguishers located within your home so you can extinguish a small fire before it intensifies. Home fire extinguishers are also extremely useful in the event of a house fire, to ensure you can clear your evacuation path without causing any injuries while doing so. If you don’t have a home fire extinguisher, then contact King Fire Protection Services on 1300 344 966 or visit their website: