Fire Protection and Home Fire Safety

Fire Protection

Fire can have devastating consequences. It does not only pose a serious threat to the property involved but it is also a serious hazard to human safety and can in worst case result in severe injuries and even death. For that reason every homeowner should know the basics of fire protection and take care for proper home fire safety.

Fire protection refers to the study and practice of prevention of the above mentioned effects of fire as well as research and development of fire safety systems with an aim to improve human safety and prevent property damage. According to the fire protection standards, home fire safety typically consists of passive fire protection, active fire protection and education the importance of which cannot be emphasized enough because in most cases, fire is caused by human factors either by carelessness or unfortunate accidents.

Every home should be built according to passive fire protection standards which base on the use of fire-resistant structural components such as the use of in order to help prevent the spread of fire in case one occurs. The second important fire protection measure which significantly reduces the risk of a disaster is active fire protection which involves installation of fire alarms, fire sprinkles, fire door with a good lock system, fire extinguishers and similar systems that help prevent the spread of fire and/or alert homeowners of the presence of fire in order to give them enough time to extinguish it or evacuate and avoid potentially fatal injuries. Although both passive and active fire protection play the key role in prevention of property damage and human injuries, education about the causes of fire and fire safety measures is perhaps even more important because prevention is the best way to avoid the dangers of fire.

Fire Protection

Learning about the common causes of fire and ways to prevent them is the key to better fire safety next to the structural and active fire prevention measures. Some of the most common fire hazards include items that involve open fire including gas cookers and candle burning, smoking in bed or not extinguishing cigarettes properly before throwing them away, improper storage of ignition items such as matches and lighters (not placing them out of reach to children for instance), keeping combustibles near appliances that generate heat, poor electric wiring, overloaded electrical circuits, poor quality or improperly maintained heating and cooking appliances as well as a few non-obvious sources of fire such as dust and oil deposits for instance.

In addition to identification and avoidance of common fire hazards, every homeowner should have a fire escape plan because it is not always possible to prevent fire. All family members should know exactly what to do and where to go in case of a fire because you will not have the time or will not be able to explain the escape plan when the house is on fire. For that reason you are highly recommended to make sure that all your family members remember a pre-planned fire escape strategy and make periodic rehearsals.