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Fire Safety kit essentials

Hundreds of people die in house fires every year, some of which could have been avoided if the owners had invested in fire safety kits. 

House fires small fires are often started by cigarette burns or an electrical fire which is why it’s important to be prepared.

Here are some items that are essential when purchasing fire safety kits for your home.

Fire blankets

Fire safety kits come equipped with fire blankets that can be used on kitchen fires and waste bins, dry powder fire extinguishers for use on wood, paper gas and electrical fires and a smoke alarm, so that you know when a fire has started at the earliest possible moment. Fire blankets come in a number of different sizes and the purpose of them if so they can smother and extinguish fires in homes, kitchens, schools, hospitals, laboratories, offices and factories.

Smoke alarm

With lots of people in the UK losing their lives in house fires, you are at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm.

When you test your smoke alarms you could help test the smoke alarm of an older family member, neighbour or friend too. It takes no time at all and gives your family and others a much better chance of surviving a fire.

Invest in an ABC Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher

Every home should have a fire extinguisher; if you are investing in buying a fire safety kit make sure it includes one. There are four different types of fire extinguishers which include Type A, Water Fire Extinguisher, Type B, Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher, Type C, Dry Chemical Extinguishers and Class K, Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishers.

The most popular fire extinguisher sold is the ABC fire extinguisher. This is a multipurpose, dry chemical extinguisher that is filled with phosphate, a yellow powder. This type of extinguisher represents more than 80 % of fire extinguishers sold and can be used for a combination of Class A, B or C fires. Purchasing the right one for your home or business is literally a matter of life or death.  Remember, Fire extinguishers must be maintained so you should check it (at least monthly). The pressure dial also needs to be checked to see if it needs to be charged. Make sure that the pull pin is still properly secured within the handle and that the tamper seal is holding it in place. There should not be any cracks, dents or rust on its shaft as that could hinder the extinguisher’s performance.

Be Safe Direct provides the highest quality fire safety products direct to your door at a competitive price. For more information call 0845 604 5653. 

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