While we do take care of safety norms in commercial complexes, we tend to ignore safety at home, assuming that the chances of a fire, robbery or any such unwanted mishaps are minimal. Little do we realize, one incident is enough to shake lives.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while catering for safety at home and in offices:
SAFETY FOR HOME
- Fire extinguishers
- Detectors and alarms
While installing CCTvs one needs to be very sure about the cabling. It is important to plan ahead and take a look at the blueprint when the electrical wiring is being done, to ensure the cables for the CCTv are laid at the same time.
It’s also important to choose a cable that will run for a long time. One of the best cables to use for long cable run are CAT5 cables, because they are more cost effective over long distances than coax cables and therefore will save you money. CAT5 cables are also much better at transmitting energy as well as video, so that the security cameras can be powered from long distances. They also have eight separate wires inside of them, so they are capable of supporting four channels at a time.
- Place Fire Extinguishers within reach on every level of your home
- Install close to exits, and in the kitchen and garage. Include all locations where a fire may start.
- Check the gauge monthly to be sure it is pressurized.
- Replace fire extinguishers that are over 12 years old or after use.
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you have just two minutes to escape?
The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.
Fire Safety Tips
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
Detectors and Alarms
- Replace Smoke Alarms every 10 years
- Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.
- Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.
- Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.
- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises).
- Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
- Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
- For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound. Interconnection can be done using hard-wiring or wireless technology.
- There are two types of smoke alarms – ionization and photoelectric. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization-photoelectric alarms, also known as dual sensor smoke alarms, are recommended.
- Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
- Ensure the batteries in the Smoke Alarm are changed annually
- When replacing a battery, follow manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions. Manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.
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