fire_safetyAccording to reports, three out of 5 deaths related to residential home fires occurred in houses that do not have working smoke alarms and faulty or ineffective fire safety and protection mechanisms. While smoke, heat, and fire alarms and sprinkler systems can cost ordinary households a significant investment, these are nevertheless crucial in averting any disaster. If cost is a primary issue, there are fire maintenance guidelines that can be observed to make sure that fire does not occur in any one’s home.

Fire is both useful and destructive. Without fire, it will be quite unthinkable. Cooking will be quite difficult and so does heating during cold nights and weather. Unfortunately, many of the modern electrical appliances today can be sources of destructive and deadly fires that can literally raze entire homes within minutes and turn dreams into ashes. As useful as fires are in man’s daily life, if unmanaged, they can be a destructive force. That is why fire protection for the homes is necessary.

Smoke alarms and heat detection devices can now be fully integrated into home security systems. Having a well-maintained and appropriately-serviced fire extinguisher can also be useful in a home. However, protecting the home from fires simply means that you have to look at your potential sources of fires and then develop a sound and reliable fire escape plan. Every family and household must have their own fire escape plan and they should run a fire drill at least every month, preferably unannounced. Fire maintenance calls for active vigilance. So families should be prepared at all times.

The kitchen is one of the greatest sources of fires. From gas stoves to ovens to microwaves and to other appliances, the kitchen is one hodge-podge of fire and electrical hazards. Put water into the fray and you have a very deadly combination. All electrical appliances in the kitchen must therefore be maintained in excellent working order. Wires should not be frayed nor sticking out of their casings. Electrical outlets must also be checked frequently. Fire protection in Sydney requires the kitchen to have both fire blankets and extinguisher at least a meter from the stove and between the stove or oven and the nearest exit.

The Fire and Rescue of the New South Wales government has given out a variety of fire safety and protection guidelines for everyone to observe. These guidelines work primarily to ensure more efficient fire maintenance, protection, and prevention for all the residents of New South Wales, especially Sydney.