While there is really nothing that will guarantee that you will never have a fire again, there are some things that will at last minimise the risk of fire significantly. Here are five of these things.
5 items to help ensure you’ll never have a fire again
- Safe electricals: Ensuring your home’s wiring and electrical appliances are well maintained, and having circuit breakers that will respond quickly to suspected electrical faults, may not make absolutely certain that you will never have a fire again, but will go a long way towards preventing fires caused by electrical faults, short-circuits or defective wiring.
- Fire-resistant furniture: Similarly, ensuring your furniture and soft furnishings have fire resistant labels alone will not ensure that you will never have a fire again, but, in combination with other things, will definitely minimise the likelihood of a fire breaking out.
- Fire guards: Fire guards also help to make sure you’ll never have a fire again. Placing fire guards in front of open fires reduces the risk of sparks or ‘exploding’ bits of wood or coal causing fires by landing on your carpets.
- Thermostat-controlled deep fat fryer: Many home fires are caused by overheating chip pans. Make sure your kitchen is safe by investing in a deep fat fryer that is controlled by a thermostat.
- Smoke detectors: Finally, make sure you have smoke detectors in your home. They do not only detect started fires, but also any smoke coming from overheating pots and pans, smouldering electrical wiring, and similar sources of smoke, that may cause fires to flare up.
Businesses and fire prevention
Businesses have a legal duty to protect workers’ health and safety by preventing accidents at work. This duty includes preventing fires by storing flammable substances securely, keeping electrical and electronic equipment in safe working order and ensuring workers are trained in safe working procedures.
Mishaps at work
If an employer fails in this duty and an employee is injured by fire or any other preventable work accident, the injured employee may qualify for work injury compensation. In other words, if you are injured at work because your employer failed to prevent a fire or other workplace accident, you could be able to claim for compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice