Home Fire Safety Devices You Should Consider Owning

Did you know that there were 16,400 fires in the UK in 2011 alone? Out of those there were about 268 fatalities and many more injuries. If you want to keep your home safe then it is imperitive that you keep regulated fire safety equipment in your home.

Here is a list of some of the fire safety devices that you should consider purchasing and why.

CO2 Monitors

CO2 is carbon dioxide. All references to CO2 should have read “CO” which refers to the dangerous gas carbon monoxide. A C02 monitor is an alarm that will go off when there is too much CO2 in your home.  Since fire causes this dangerous gas, a CO2 monitor can alert you in case of a fire. CO2 monitors will also monitor the quality of the air in your home so that you can see if you need more air circulation or more oxygen.

Carbon Monoxide Monitors

A carbon monoxide monitor is an alarm that will sound when it detects there is carbon monoxide gas in your home. Gas appliances such as fires, cookers and boilers can leak this dangerous, odourless gas, a carbon monoxide monitor can alert you to it’s presence before you start to feel unwell. You can usually purchase these from any fire safety or hardware store as well as online.

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Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are very basic fire safety devices and can be used to actually put out a small fire. Try purchasing a small one and placing it in an easily accessible area in your home. Usually under the kitchen sink or on a wall are great options. Fire extinguishers come in various sizes so you should consult with your local fire safety or town hall about what size is right for you, or read the labels. Most of the time they will be pretty clear about what they can be used for.

There are a couple of different types of fire extinguishers and you should choose one based on what you think will catch fire first. Different materials burn differently meaning that alternate fire extinguishers should be chosen for a study as opposed to a living room. You should also choose a fire extinguisher that is large enough to put out a fire but light enough that you can easily move it around to actually spray on the fire.

Smoke Detectors

These are great for detecting fires so long as you don’t place them in the kitchen. Try installing a smoke detector on each floor in your house but in order to ensure that you avoid annoying beeping when you burn the toast, try putting the downstairs smoke detector in the living room or hallway. About 98 of the deaths caused by fire in 2011 were in homes that didn’t have smoke detectors, meaning that not having a smoke detector can affect your chances of noticing a fire.

Fire safety is important and fire extinguishers are one of the most important safety devices you can own.

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