When The Worst Happens, What Should You Do?

As providers of fire alarm systems in London,we're very knowledgeable in fire prevention and early warning systems, however unfortunately nothing in life is 100% guaranteed, so it's important to be prepared and know what to do should the worst happen.

Fires In London

The London Fire Brigade is one of the largest fire fighting and rescue organisations in the world and the busiest in the country. Dealing with a total of 105,964 incidents last year, 19,656 of which were fires.[source data.london.gov.uk]

Preparing For The Worst

To say fire can cause significant damage is an understatement. The devastation that fire can cause is often too great for words, so it's important to be prepared with afire plan so that you can respond appropriately in event of a fire. However,can you truly prepare for the worst? What should you do in the event of a fire?

1. Try Not To Panic
We understand that discovering a fire or hearing a fire alarm can be terrifying.However, it is very important that you try not to panic and remain calm, this will enable you to follow your fire plan in a calm and swift manner.

If you're the one who discovers the fire, try to close the door to the room where the fire is located if possible, then close all doors behind you as your evacuate in order to slow the spread of fire and smoke.

2. Inform Others
If you discover the fire, it's important to raise the alarm. This could be done by activating a fire alarm or if the premises are small (such as a family home) by telling everyone.

3. Escape
If you are able to do so, escape the premises using a pre-planned escape route.This will enable you and everyone else to get out of the building as soon as possible. Once you have escaped, it is essential that the fire service is informed if they have not already been notified. If nobody else has done so, dial 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service. Then give the operator the full address, details of the building that is on fire, and finally give details of anyone who may be still trapped in the building and where they are located.

What If There Are Complications?

Whilst regular fire evacuation drills are essential to a smooth running and orderly evacuation, complications can occur, so it's important to plan in advance. For example, debris could fall and block a path,or the fire could be directly blocking your primary escape exit. In this situation it is very important that you quickly change route to the next closest manner of escape. If the smoke is thick or you're finding it difficult to breathe, crawl on the floor; smoke rises so the lower you crawl the cleaner the air and the easier it will be to breathe. Additionally, if you need to open a closed door, touch it with the back of your hand, if it feels warm; do not open the door. A warm door means that the fire is on the other side; in this situation you should seek an alternative method of escape.

What Should You Do After You've Evacuated?

After you have evacuated, it's essential that you find somewhere safe outside but still nearby the building and wait for the fire service to arrive. Take a register/head count of everyone who was in the building and check if anyone is still inside. If anyone is still inside the building, make sure the fire service knows and give them details of where they are. However, you should never go back into the building; this will only prevent the fire service from doing their job and it will also place your life in risk.

How Can You Prevent Fire?

Naturally, prevention is better than cure so it's always preferable to prevent a fire from taking place. Here's a quick list of 3 things you can do to minimise or reduce your fire risk.

1. Keep Rooms Tidy
Clutter may seem trivial at the most of times; however during an evacuation clutter can become a serious and potentially dangerous obstacle.

2. Ensure Smoke Detectors Are Working
Simply put, never disable your smoke alarms. Additionally, you should regularly test the detectors to ensure that they are always working and providing a valuable early warning system.

3. Be Aware Of Electrical Hazards
Make sure that any and all electric cords are in good condition with no exposed wiring and never hide or obscure electric cords under carpets or rugs. This is because these materials can act as insulation which could cause a potentially hazardous build up of heat.

The Importance Of Early Warning

Whilst prevention methods are extremely valuable, no method of fire prevention is 100% guaranteed, so it's essential that you have a reliable fire alarm to alert you to any potential fire dangers.

This could be as simple as a cost effective conventional alarms which alert responders to a specific zone in the event of an alarm, or you could try something more complex such as an air sampling system which test the air for smoke, resulting in a powerful detector that can provide alerts to fire before smoke is even visible in the air.

Fire Alarm Systems London From Diamond Fire And Security (UK) Ltd.

With over 30 years of experience providing installations for local authorities, educational properties, and housing associations, it's fair to say we know a thing or two about expert fire detection solutions.

If you're located in London, Bedford, Bedfordshire,or Milton Keynes and you're interested in a fire alarm installation service,get in touch with our team of experts. We can provide a range of systems including both conventional and sophisticated fire alarms and all of our installations are guaranteed parts and labour for Two Years.

If you would like to make an enquiry or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch and speak to a member of staff. You can contact us by calling 01234825018, or you can contact us by email by sending any questions you have to us at info@diamondsecurity.co.uk.


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