Fire Safety

General Fire Safety

  • Always have the phone numbers of fire departments near your phone
  • Never put flammable elements near your heater
  • Keep elements such as fuel, heat and oxygen apart. In order to extinguish a fire, you must eliminate one of these three elements
  • When building a bonfire, always have enough buckets of water to extinguish it
  • Always have fire extinguishers or accessible water ready at home
  • Please do check you electrical installations regularly and have these repaired or changed by a licensed electrician if needed
  • Make sure a licensed electrician installs your switches and receptacles, improper installations will lead to overheating
  • Never overload your electrical circuits by connecting too many appliances into one socket.
  • When using an extension cord, make sure that it is rated for the power needed by the connecting device
  • Never replace a blown fuse with any material other than the correct fuse
  • Never use broken plugs or pull out a plug by grabbing the cord
  • All electrical devices installed outdoors should be designed for outdoor use. Receptacles near water should be a ground fault circuit interrupting (GFCI) type.
  • Never put clothing or towels on top of lamps or other electrical appliances
  • Refrain from smoking in bed
  • Always keep lighters and matches out of children’s hands
  • Never leave the stove unattended when cooking
  • Always fit the gas hose properly into the gas pipe, please replace all old and cracked gas hoses immediately
  • Always have a fire escape plan ready for your family
  • Remember that it is easier to breathe in a fire if you stay low; DROP and CRAWL.
  • Do not attempt to go out in areas where in the fire has spread, try to use another route
  • If your clothes ever catch fire, remember to STOP, DROP and ROLL. Avoid running as this helps fire burn faster
  • Irresponsibility and carelessness are the biggest causes of fire

Spotting Electrical Abnormalities

 Sparks - When a spark appears upon insertion or removal of a plug, there could be a loose connection

Flickering lights - When the lights dim upon turning on your appliances, the circuit could have a loose connection or is overloaded.

Warm electrical cord - When your electrical cord is warm, it may be either defective or underrated. Refrain from using cords that are stiff or cracked; the insulation may have been damaged due to flexing, wear or age.

Frequently blown fuses or broken circuits - When a certain fuse or circuit breaker is continuously tripping, this is a warning sign that must be checked by a licensed electrician.


Fire Safety Lessons for Children 

Fire is not a toy

Never play near fires or heaters or to leave their toys near them

Always hand matches or lighters to a responsible adult if they find any

Let them know your smoke alarm sound and what it means

Immediately let them go outside to an open space during a fire

Do not hide if a fire breaks out, those who come to rescue them may not be able to find them

 

If ever you find out that your child is playing with fire, talk to them about it. Don’t get angry but rather explain the dangers that could happen and teach them