Fire Safety: Do’s and Don’ts
With every city growing in size and complexity day by day, they are also extremely vulnerable to fire. Apparently, even the highest number of deaths in the country is due to fire hazards.
Although well-constructed houses and buildings can help in preventing fire, no practical building material is truly fireproof and for the same reasons, no house is completely fire-proof.
Fire safety is undoubtedly important in any building or organization, and Veegaland Homes, the most trusted builders in Kerala are here to keep you informed about the Fire Safety Do’s and Don’ts:
- Ensure that the fire orders are implemented in the building with roles and responsibilities for all occupants.
- Ensure to use fire-resistant or fire-rated cables and electrical appliances.
- Ensure to repair all faulty electrical appliances in case if they are being used.
- Know your building’s evacuation plan.
- Evacuate without panicking once a fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarm sound goes off.
- Keep important items handy for quick access in case of an evacuation.
- Know all the possible exits of your building.
- Keep the fire exits or escapes clear of obstructions.
- Check any door before opening for heat.
- Stay low to the floor in case you have to evacuate through the smoke.
- In case of a smoke or fire emergency, after ensuring you are safe, inform the nearest fire station and alert those around you.
- Always ensure that the carbon monoxide alarms have charge in their batteries.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and other fire safety equipment at regular intervals.
- Evacuation drills should be performed at regular intervals.
- Ensure that the hallway and stairway doors close tightly.
- Know the exact locations of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and fire escapes.
- Learn to use a fire extinguisher.
- Extinguish barbecue coals completely.
- Use ashtrays while smoking and only dispose of cigarette butts after extinguishing them.
- Seal the continuous electrical ducts throughout the building and prevent fire from spreading one from one floor to another.
- Don’t try to extinguish the fire yourself. Fire safety is not anyone’s job.
- Do not leave candles, cigarette butts, barbecue grills, or other open flames unattended.
- Do not use halogen lamps that exceed 120 watts and make sure they have a glass or wire guard that protects the bulb.
- Do not hang tapestries from walls or ceilings
- Do not leave cooking appliances unattended.
- Do not tamper with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, fire systems, and other fire safety equipment.
- Don’t ignore any building alarms.
- Do not attach anything to the fire sprinkler heads or pipes.
- Do not use elevators during an evacuation
- Do not plug too many electric appliances into one socket.
- Don’t store L.P.G gas against gas cylinder rules.
- Don’t allow children to light fireworks in the absence of adults.
- Don’t re-enter your home or building once you’ve evacuated.
- Do not allow encroachments or obstructions in the common corridors and staircases.
- Do not allow electric meter rooms to be used as storage or living spaces for servants. They are potential fire hazards.
- Do not paint fire detectors or sprinkler heads as they can be ineffective.
- Do not switch off the electricity of the entire building in case of an event as it can lead to the stoppage of all the fire protection and fire fighting systems installed in the building.
- Do not carry out unnecessary additions and alterations in the building without consulting a professional.
Veegaland Homes, the most reliable builders in Kerala, design and build living spaces that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to realize fine and secure living for its occupants. Veegaland Kings Town, our apartment project in Thrippunithura, Kochi, was awarded the National Safety Council Award in 2020 for facilitating all the safety measures required during the construction and after finishing the project. To learn more about our ongoing and upcoming apartment projects, please visit: https://www.veegaland.com