Personally, I’ve never been good at keeping new year’s resolutions! Part of the problem is that my previous resolutions have been huge lifestyle changes which are a little unrealistic and hard to achieve.
So I’ve decided that this year, my new year’s resolution will be a smaller, more practical one – cutting down on my coffee consumption. I love coffee, and quitting would cause strenuous amounts of pain, but I certainly don’t need the huge amount of caffeine that currently floats through my system every day. With a little motivation and determination, I’m confident I’ll be able to achieve this goal.
Let’s be honest, most people’s new year’s resolutions are centred around getting healthier, which is a terrific idea, but we should all keep in mind that taking small steps to achieve a goal is far more effective than biting off more than we can chew.
One resolution I’d like to propose for the coming new year is improving your home fire safety. There are some very quick and simple ways in which you can substantially increase the safety of you and your family. With the new year coming up shortly, now is an ideal time to discuss ways in which you can improve your family’s safety through better home fire safety practices.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your family safe is by having working smoke alarms on each level of your house. Ideally, smoke alarms should also be located outside each room where someone sleeps, and all smoke alarms should be synced together; so when one alarms goes off, they all do.
It’s important that you check that your smoke alarms are working by testing them every month. In general, batteries will need to be replaced every year, and the life-span of a smoke alarm is roughly 10 years, so if you don’t know when your smoke alarms were last replaced, now is a great time to check!
Fire escape plan
Having working smoke detectors is just the foundation of your home fire safety. It’s imperative that every occupant of your household knows what to do if they wake up to a smoke alarm bellowing in their ear. If you haven’t done so already, you should take the time over the holidays to create a fire escape plan.
Every home should also have a fire escape plan that every occupant is familiar with. Your fire escape plan should be practiced at least twice a year to ensure it stays fresh in everyone’s mind. The main idea behind a fire escape plan is that every room should have two evacuation routes, so if one way is blocked by fire, you can use the secondary evacuation path to escape to safety.
Fire extinguishers and fire blankets
One of the most common causes of household fires is from cooking. Having a multi-purpose ABE Powder Fire Extinguisher and Fire Blanket located near the entrance of the kitchen is highly recommended by fire experts. Fire Blankets are the most effective way to extinguish a cooking fire, and an ABE Powder Fire Extinguisher will effectively extinguish most other types of household fires, including electrical fires.
ABE Powder Fire Extinguishers are also extremely helpful when trying to evacuate your house in the event of a fire, so having this type of fire extinguisher on each level of your house is strongly advised. Just ensure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in terms of maintenance.
Take down your Christmas tree before the new year
Real Christmas trees can become very hazardous if you don’t take proper care of them. It’s recommended that you place your tree in a bucket of water after buying it, and replenish the water supplies every day. Once Boxing Day has come and gone, take down and recycle your Christmas tree to ensure it doesn’t pose any threats to you and your family.
Check electrical appliances
The school holidays are also a great time to inspect all your electrical appliances, especially those that are used more frequently in hotter weather such as air conditioners and fans. If you find any electrical appliances with frayed cords or kinks, replace these as soon as possible as they are potential fire hazards. Likewise, the holidays are an ideal time to clean the dust from fans and air conditioning units.
Make it your New Year’s resolution to make your home as fire safe as possible. The simple steps outlined in the above will help keep your family and your home safe from the threat of fire this holiday season. If you have any questions or concerns about potential fire hazards around your home, then get in touch with the experts at King Fire Protection Solutions at https://www.kingfire.com.au/contact-us/