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5 Typical Fire Incidents and How to Prevent Them

Fire Prevention and Safety at your Workplace

A fire can break out at any moment, anywhere, for any reason. By taking some simple precautions, you can help prevent fire incidents from happening. Always be aware of fire hazards and take steps to protect yourself and your property.

A lot of common acts of carelessness are to blame for the majority of fires, such as:

1. Leaving a pot unattended is a recipe for disaster.

If your stove is in use, you should never leave it unattended. When using a stove, you should be actively involved in the cooking process. Unlike an oven, you can’t just throw something in, walk away and come back for it when it’s all done. If you smell something burning, it’s most likely your stove and a smoldering pan are to blame.

2. Leaving flammable liquids out in the open.

In the midst of a busy workday, people are more likely to forget to properly store flammable liquids in protective containers and within the designated safe areas.
The best thing to keep in mind is to avoid using flammable compounds in close proximity to potential sources of ignition. Containers of flammable and combustible liquids should be stored separately, away from manufacturing and process areas, and from other materials in general. This is to prevent accidental ignition. That said, isolation is key to reducing the spread of a fire to other stored materials. As a bonus, it will keep the liquids from igniting or coming into contact with other incompatible elements if a fire breaks out anywhere else.

3. Smoking in bed.

It may sound like a sexy thing we see in the movies, but smoking in bed is a rather
dangerous affair. For one thing, avoid smoking in bed when you’re tired or taking a
prescription that could impair your judgment. There is a high risk of mattresses, bedding, or your clothes catching on fire. Smoking outside is, in fact, safer, but make sure the cigarettes are put out immediately and disposed of properly.

4. The use of water to put out a fire is one of the most prevalent causes of a fire event.

 A huge fire, however, might potentially get even worse if water is used to put it out. The reason for this is that water will cool the hot metal surfaces and create steam, which will then ignite and spread the fire throughout the building. A fire extinguisher should always be at hand in the event of an emergency.

5. Another common fire incident is when the fire protection systems fail.

There are fire-detection and suppression systems in place in order to prevent any damage or injury from occurring. In the event of a power loss or other failure, they may, on the other hand, cease to work. When fire safety measures aren’t working as they should, you should notify the appropriate authorities right away.

Many of these fires can be avoided if people follow a few basic safety precautions. For example, keep candles and matches in a safe area and yes, never smoke in bed. In the event of a fire, always use a fire extinguisher to put it out, and never try to fight the fire with water (leave that to the Fire Brigade). Lastly, make sure that the fire protection systems in your area are working properly to help keep everyone safe.

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Shopping for Fire extinguishers? It is a must!

Fire extinguishers are an important part of fire safety prevention. They can be used to put out small fires before they can cause further damage or injury.

One of the benefits of having fire extinguishers is that they can be used by anyone. Unlike fire hoses or other large fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers can be operated by anyone with minimal training. This makes them a versatile and convenient tool for fighting fires.

Fire extinguishers are affordable and easy to maintain. Most fire extinguishers only require minimal maintenance, such as periodic inspections and refillings. This makes them a cost-effective way to help protect your property from fire damage.

In short, there are many reasons why you should invest in fire extinguishers for fire incidents. Fire Extinguishers are a versatile, affordable, and easy-to-use tool that can help minimise the damage caused by a fire.

Fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment should be readily available in case of an emergency. Whangarei businesses can rely on our year-round supply of high-quality fire prevention and safety equipment. Just reach out to Fireco!

If you have any questions or concerns about your business’s fire safety, please contact us at Fireco 0800 101 232. Send us a message at info@fireco.co.nz right away.

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