Important Safety Tips to Remember in a Fire

Although fire is the last thing that anybody wants to find themselves surrounded by, it is important that life-saving information is taught and understood by every member of society. After all, simple mistakes like opening a door that is containing an active fire can make a very big difference to the survival of those trapped inside a burning building. Read on as the team here at ABC Industrial go over a few vital safety tips that everybody should remember in the event of a fire…

Why should fire doors always remain closed?

A fire is fuelled by a constant supply of oxygen and an interior fire door is designed to starve the flames of this necessity. In fact, they are fitted with a seal that expands in the presence of intense heat and smoke in order to prevent a fire from spreading. As a result, fire doors should never be propped open as they are only effective if the seal expands when the doors are closed. Thus, it is important to close all fire doors behind oneself when evacuating a building.

Are elevators dangerous during a fire?

An elevator shaft is the perfect place for smoke to collect which means that using a lift during a fire can be incredibly dangerous. In fact, a particularly severe fire can cause damage to a building’s electrical supply which means that passengers attempting to evacuate using an elevator can find themselves trapped inside a cab with no means of escape. As a result, evacuees should head straight to the nearest and safest staircase in a calm and orderly fashion during an active fire evacuation.

How often should a smoke alarm be tested?

Since a smoke alarm is the most effective way to alert an entire building to the presence of smoke and therefore a potential fire, it is essential that building managers have them tested on a regular basis. In fact, the fire department advises that both homeowners and public building owners test their smoke alarms once a month and replace the batteries at least twice a year. When it comes to fire prevention, every building should have a high-quality fire door installed. After all, it is possible to purchase residential designs that offer homeowners an aesthetical appeal without sacrificing the fire safety of the home. In addition to this, commercial property owners should also think about implementing additional features like sprinklers and fire shutters in order to increase the evacuation time during an active fire. To find out more information about the importance of fire doors, get in contact with a member of the ABC Industrial team today!

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