Protect Your Family And Home With A Fire Safety Kit

A fire safety kit is a wise precaution when protecting your home, boat or caravan against potential fire hazards. The provision of excavator definition appropriate fire safety equipment is also a statutory requirement for landlords letting homes for multiple occupancy (HMO’s).
But what should be included to provide adequate protection for your family?
As a minimum a fire safety kit should incorporate the following items: –
Fire Blanket (Red)
This should be at least 1m x 1m in size and of a quality that complies with BS EN 1869:1997 and include a BSI kite mark.
When cooking with fats and oils this blanket can be used to smother any flames and is therefore ideal for small kitchens.
Fire Extinguisher
There are many types of fire extinguisher available however a compact 1Kg ABC Powder Extinguisher is suitable for fires involving burning solids, flammable liquids, gases, heating oils and live electrical equipment.
Most fire extinguishers carry a 5-year warranty however you should ensure it has been serviced before installation in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306.
Wall Signs
An appropriate sign should be placed next to every fire blanket and fire extinguisher to conform with current regulations. These signs inform users as to the type of fires these items can, and most importantly cannot, be used for.
These signs are a good way to highlight the location of fire blankets and fire extinguishers and also make it easier to spot any missing fire safety items.
Battery Operated Smoke Alarm
This should carry a BSI kite mark and incorporate an alarm with a minimum sound output of 85dB(A). These are easy to install and should be tested on a regular basis.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector
Everyone is familiar with the need for smoke alarms however smoke can usually be seen and smelt. Often referred to as the “silent killer” carbon monoxide is a toxic gas which is colourless and odourless so unlike smoke its difficult to detect. The inclusion of a carbon monoxide detector as part of a fire safety kit is therefore an essential added precaution.
There are many versions available however better units have a 5 to 7 year sensor life and incorporate a long-life sealed battery. custom tig torch holder This type of detector is popular in tenanted properties as the battery cannot be removed or tampered with in any way.
Manufacturers instructions on use and installation for all the above equipment should always be read and adhered to.