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Make your Home Fireproof with These Advanced Safety Systems and Innovative Measures

March 21 2019

Thanks to modern technology, fireproofing your home has become more widespread and less cumbersome

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, fire-related accidents cause 51 deaths every day in India. The data also shows that residential apartments are more likely to catch fire than industrial or corporate buildings. Experts believe that non-adherence of fire-safety norms and irregular construction of residential buildings are the major factors behind these findings.

Hence, choosing to ignore fire-management measures can be a dangerous risk, that’s not really worth taking. Today, the technology has made it possible to avert, fight and douse fire more effectively than before. Follow these simple tips to make your home fire-proof and ensure that it’s adequately protected against the peril:

  1. Install a smoke detector alarm

  2. A smoke detector alarm is the easiest and cheapest method to secure your house against fire. It begins to produce a ‘siren like’ sound once it senses smoke beyond a safe limit. Smoke detectors are, hence, extremely crucial to keep you vigilant against the possibility of a fire and safeguard your house from a major mishap.

  3. Deploy fire extinguishers at your home

  4. It’s very important to install a fire-extinguisher at your house to douse off minor fires instantly without causing much damage. Fire extinguishers are available in various cylindrical sizes and there are different extinguishers for different fire types such as:

    Class A: Fires arising from solid combustible materials such as metals, wood, paper, cloth, plastics, and rubber etc. are classified as Class A fires. Air Pressurized Water (APW), Dry Chemical Extinguishers and Foam Extinguishers are designed to effectively extinguish Class A fires.

    Class B: Fires due to flammable liquids or semi-liquids like gasoline, oil, grease, and paints are Class B fires. Foam Extinguishers and Dry-Chemical Extinguishers can effectively fight Class B fires.

    Class C: All electrical fires, mostly resulting from short-circuits in electric appliances are Class C fires. Only Dry-Chemical Extinguishers are effective against Class C fires.

  5. Do check electrical wires regularly

  6. The most destructive fires are caused due to short-circuits or faulty wires. Excessive cluttering of wires or obsolete wiring materials increase the probability of a fire. Therefore, it’s better to check your house wiring periodically and replace the old or worn-out wires with newer fire-resistant ones. You can either do it yourself or call an electrical engineer to inspect the wiring of your house.

  7. Store flammable materials in proper place

  8. Keep flammable materials like kerosene oil, matchboxes, shaving creams, perfumes, hair spray, and pesticides etc. in a safe and proper place in your house, possibly in dark and cool areas. Ensure that these storages are out of reach from small children and pets at your home. Also, inform other family members about the place of storage for flammable objects.

  9. Prevent overheating of electrical appliances

  10. Electrical appliances like air conditioners, inverters, geysers, television, hair dryers etc. are more susceptible to overheating. Hence, take extra precautions while using these devices. Do not forget to turn them off after use. In case these appliances are heating up quickly for no apparent reason, then immediately replace them or call a customer service team for inspection.

  11. Use fire-retardant paints and vaults

  12. Many paint companies have started manufacturing fire-retardant paints which can be used for painting your house. These paints do not only contribute to the aesthetic value of your house, but also retards the pace of fire. You can also use fire-proof vaults and furniture to store your clothes and other precious belongings to prevent them from getting destroyed in case of a fire.

  13. Deploy Hypoxic air-fire prevention system

  14. Hypoxic air-fire prevention is a very advanced fire-fighting technique. It reduces the volume of oxygen in a protected area and thereby reduces the ability of fire to spread and cause destruction. Unlike most of the fire-fighting equipment which is used to extinguish fire after its detected, hypoxic air-fire technique prevents it from escalating and hence, minimises the damage.

  15. Compartmentalization of buildings

  16. Many buildings and apartments have been compartmentalized into small blocks, in order to slow down the spread of fire. These blocks are often made up of fire-resistant walls and floors. It also encourages people to have more exit routes, thereby saving more lives and reducing the impact of destruction during a fire-accident.

    By following these compelling tips, you can effectively protect your home against fires and minimise its effects. It’s also prudent to get a home insurance policy to provide a financial security to your house and its belongings against the unforeseen fire-related accidents which can ruin the most precious assets of your life in an instant.

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