Do you have the right tools for fire safety protection? When preparing for potential fires you have several options. However, it is important to select the right tools for the right applications. This will maximize your readiness for a fire that ignites where you live or work. Here are some common types of UK fire safety equipment on the market, from which you can choose:
1. Fire hoses
When we think of fire hoses, we typically think of outdoor fire hoses that are attached to fire engines until firefighters attach them to fire hydrants. However, indoor fire hoses are also available, and are oftentimes stored in fire extinguisher cabinets. In fact, one can connect the hose to a structure’s own plumbing system or standpipe.
After using a fire hose, you should allow the hose to dry. This is because if standing water remains in the hose for a lengthy time, then the material can become weak. This can make the hose itself ineffective or useless.
2. Fire safety signs
When do you need to post fire safety signs in a building? That is the case to meet the UK’s Health and Safety Regulations (1996). These fire equipment signs are easily visible, and provide various types of information, including:
o Where fire exits are located
o Where smoking is prohibited
o Where flammable substances are located
o Where fire extinguishers are located
o What actions to take if a fire were to ignite
It is important to post the signs where people in your building can see them clearly. Furthermore, if you believe that posting fire safety signs in areas where they are not technically required, it is advisable to post them anyway. This could ultimately protect you from potential litigation.
3. Carbon monoxide alarms
Even if your home contains smoke alarms, you should still install at least one carbon monoxide alarm on each floor. It is important to realize that a smoke alarm will not detect carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an extremely poisonous gas. The burning of fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and wood, creates carbon monoxide. What makes the gas particularly dangerous (and creates a need for fire equipment) is that it has no:
Thus, you should consider installing at least one CO2 alarm on each floor of your home, and in each hallway that connects the bedrooms.
Nothing should prevent you from securing and installing CO2 alarms in your home. These fire protection items are quite easy to install. Additionally, because these alarms are battery-operated, there is no need to attach them to ceilings or walls. In fact, you can easily transfer the CO2 alarm if you vacation or relocate.
To protect yourself and your relatives or coworkers, consider installing fire hoses, fire safety signs, and CO2 alarms, in your home or office. This will provide you with some of the most effective fire protection equipment available in the UK. Get the right equipment to equip yourself for fires!