Every year, plenty of recruits go through fire fighter training and learn all the basics. How to put out fires, what causes fires, how to maneuver safely through a burning building, how to maintain fitness level, and all the rest of it. When these people get into the field, they will quickly learn which skills and knowledge they will need to keep front of mind.
This means, however, that certain things necessarily get moved to the back, and we believe one of those things is basic home or office fire safety. As we will always tell you, prevention is the best method of getting a fire under control.
That’s why it’s so beneficial to get each person on your team to give at least one presentation per year (to a school or business or community group) on fire safety in the home and work place. Just checked out this site and can’t wait to get your Presto? You better remember that it can pose a serious fire hazard! Moving stuff around work and blocking some exits? You could be blocking people’s escape paths!
It’s vitally important that we all remember these things as we go through our day to day lives. It’s simply how our minds work that the longer we go without experiencing something like this, the more we believe we are safe. Just because you didn’t get hit by a car for the last 30 years doesn’t mean you’re any safer when you cross the road. In other words, you have to be constantly vigilant and do whatever you can to remember to take just as much care as when the issue was top of mind. Just because it’s been awhile since you thought about it regularly doesn’t mean you should stop being focused on it. The problems usually happen when you drop your guard.
We’ve just finished saying that you need to keep things top of mind so as not to lower your guard. So, here are some (perhaps very obvious) fire hazards around your house:
Stove and Oven – Clearly one of the most obvious hazards, your stove and oven are typically used frequently and get very hot. Then you use pots and pans with handles and cook food and oil, all of which has the opportunity to go wrong and burn or get bumped off or something.
Microwave – Do not put things in longer than necessary, and always keep an eye on the microwave. If you’ve been in a totally different head space thinking about something really important, have you ever found yourself almost putting aluminum foil in the microwave? It’ll spark and start a fire, and you’d be surprised how easy it is to get distracted doing a mundane task like this.
Deep fat fryer – You’ve just got your new Waring model, top of the line, and you’re raring to go. But – have you set it up on the counter properly? Do you know what temperature the oil needs to be? Are you going to make sure you dry all the water off the food pre-fry? Can it be knocked over easily?
Fireplace – Word burning are usually more dangerous, as gas fire places have been put through rigorous testing to be able to be put in homes, and don’t often cause fires. When you’re using a wood fire, it is so easy to do something that is hazardous and starts a fire outside of the actual fireplace. Take care, clear away things from the mouth of the pit, and only add enough wood as is necessary (and always supervise it).
Hopefully these basic, yet important, points will help keep safety fresh in your mind. Too many homes and lives are lost to fire every year, and if a quick refresher like this can save you from harm, we’ve done our job.