As the Easter long weekend begins and party preparations get underway, householders are advised to think fire safety. As you wind back the clocks for the end of daylight savings, take a few extra minutes to test smoke alarms throughout the home.
If a fire occurs, smoke alarms can provide the precious time needed to escape. However, there really is no point in having them if they are not in proper working order. Now is a good time to check that there are a sufficient number of smoke alarms in place throughout the house. Check alarms are working by pushing the test button and replace batteries if required.
It is also worth walking through the home to identify potential fire hazards and taking necessary precautions to prevent a fire. This is particularly important for those planning a trip for the long weekend to help ensure their home stays safe while they’re away.
- To ensure Easter goes off without a hitch, Wormald offers the following tips:
Ensure smoke alarms are installed and in proper working order. Wormald’s sister company Exelgard® offers a range of smoke alarms
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm to protect residents against carbon monoxide poisoning. Exelgard® Carbon Monoxide Alarms are designed to detect toxic carbon monoxide gas fumes. They are battery operated and can be easily installed on a residential wall or ceiling
- Equip your home with appropriate fire extinguishers and fire blankets and place them in accessible locations
- Devise an escape plan with your family and practice emergency exit drills
- Be sure to keep the barbeque monitored whilst lit. Once finished, turn off the gas cylinder and let the remaining gas in the pipe run through the barbeque before shutting it off
- If a gas leak should occur when using the barbeque, shut off the cylinder immediately and allow any gas to dissipate
- Always keep lighters and matches away from children
- Never leave candles, cookers, heaters or open fires unattended
- Turn off appliances such as dishwashers and microwaves when not in use
- Never overload power sockets and make sure the power is switched off when not in use
- Ensure cigarettes are extinguished carefully.
Wormald’s sister company Exelgard offers a range of home fire safety equipment – visit www.exelgard.com.au for details.