At Wilson Security, our number one priority is to ensure that our clients feel safe in their homes and commercial buildings. Our product and services range don’t solely focus on intruder alarm systems; we are also passionate about fire safety which can so often be forgotten about as we all get on with our day to day lives. Today we would like to ask some questions and share our best practices with you to make your home fire safe.
Do you light fires in your home during the cold season?
There is no better feeling than curling up in front of the fire on a cold winters night, but before winter comes, it is imperative that you get your chimney cleaned to ensure that the flue is clear for a new season. This process removes creosote, which is a tar-like flammable substance that can cause a chimney fire if not maintained professionally.
Do you like to place candles around the home to create an ambience?
Candles have become even more popular in homes of late to add that extra layer of comfort and luxury, and that is perfectly fine, but remember 2 things;
- Are your candles in a fireproof container and away from any flammable objects?
- Never leave your candles unoccupied – the same goes for any cooking you’re doing in the home.
Do you have little ones in the home?
If you have children in the home, we highly encourage that you keep all candles, lighters and matches out of harm’s way and in a childproof press.
Do you do the nightly electronic check around your home?
We would highly encourage those reading to do a nightly check around the house of any non-essential electrical devices and ensure that they are unplugged before going to bed. If possible, we would also encourage readers to use extension leads as a last resort and make sure they are unplugged at night time. It’s also essential that you don’t overload a socket with extension plugs is also a fire hazard.
Do you charge your phone at night?
A common thing that we hear of these days is people bringing their mobile phones and laptops to bed and then leaving them in to charge overnight. These devices can very quickly overheat if left plugged in all night, so we would encourage you all to charge your devices before bed and leave them in the kitchen or living room, unplugged, for a peaceful nights sleep.
How often do you check your smoke alarm?
A rule of thumb is that you should have a smoke alarm installed in every room of the house and check that it is working once per week?
We were stunned to read that 82% of fires resulting in fatalities had no working smoke alarm. As we mentioned at the beginning, we are passionate about ensuring that our clients are safe in their homes and premises, including fire safety. We design, install and test fire alarms to meet our requirements. We can install both wired and wireless fire alarms that can be integrated into your intruder alarm and access control systems. They give you an early warning signal by picking up on smoke and heat that could save the lives of your family or staff.
If you have any other questions or wish to arrange a consultation with one of our team around your fire safety requirements, please get in touch.