Escape Plan

Does your household have an Escape Plan?

We have recently been blogging and posting about checking all your fire safety equipment and ensuring you have the correct fire safety measures. However, this blog will explore how you can put an escape plan in place to keep your family safe.

Most homes differ in layout to the amount of people sharing that home, no single household is the same. Details of your escape plan will therefore depend on everyone’s individual requirements.

It is important to remember that every household should have some sort of escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action.

If you are concerned about how you would escape from your home in case of fire, don’t worry, help is at hand. No matter how old you are, or what type of house you live in, the fire and rescue service will help you devise an escape plan, free of charge.

If you prefer to create your own, then please follow our safety advice below.

Alarms

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.

Plan Together as a household

Plan together as a family ensuring that all the children in the household know the plan and what to do in the unlikely event of fire occurring. Special arrangements need to be made in consideration of any elderly people who may live  with you and how you will implement the ir escape.

The Escape Route

Ensure that the escape route is practicable and can be carried out. Have a regular  talk through  so it’s always fresh in your minds. It is also advisable to have a room in which you could all stay in if the worst  was to happen. We would suggest  that this room also has a telephone so you can summon help. Make sure all the children know your address in case they have to telephone themselves.

Shout for Help

It’s important to let firefighters know you are there, and if you haven’t managed to call 999 you need to raise the alarm. Lean out of the window to breathe if you need to. Keep drawing attention to yourself. If the window is locked try breaking it with a heavy object. Strike the window in the corner, as it can be hard to break the glass. It may also be worth purchasing several Emergency Hammers  which is a small price to pay if it aids your escape.

Escaping

Only escape from a window if you are in immediate danger from the fire. When in the room it is advisable to put bedding or clothes at the bottom of the door to stop the smoke coming in before you all have escaped. If there are two adults, then one should drop first to enable the children to be lowered before being dropped, don’t jump. If you are escaping from an upper bedroom throw out the mattress or bedding to help cushion the landing.

Escape Ladders

Escape LadderDesigned to be quick and easy to deploy in an emergency, our fire escape ladder is suitable for two and three storey buildings. It is a steel ladder, intended for home use only which simply and quickly attaches to a window for escape.

Our fire escape ladders are available in two different sizes, see our website for more details.

For more information on our safety products, click here.

To speak to our team, call: 0330 999 0019

 

Does your Smoke Alarm positioning meet Building Regulations?

Building Regulations are the minimum standards set for the design, construction and alterations to buildings. Fire safety is one of the key sections within the Building Regulations, it outlines the requirements needed to provide an early warning of fire, protection of escape routes, preventing the spread of fire, and providing access to firefighting facilities for the Fire and Rescue Services.

BS 5839

Fire Building Regulations in the UK point towards BS 5839 as the key code of practice for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection. (BS 5836-6 for domestic, and BS5839-1 for non-domestic).

BS 5839-6:2013 categorises different grades and categories of fire detection systems for different types of building. Generally, the greater the fire risk and the more demanding the application required, the more comprehensive the fire safety system needs to be.

Here is a quick overview for specifying a fire detection and fire alarm system:

Grades of system – There are 6 Grades of system, from A to F, with A being the most comprehensive fire detection system. (e.g. what the system comprises).

Category of system – Fire detection systems are divided into different Categories that relate to the level of protection the system provides (e.g. where the detectors are fitted).

Smoke alarm positioning to meet Building Regulations

Building Regulations vary throughout the UK, and so specify different levels of fire safety when installing fire alarm systems. Please refer to:

  • England and Wales – Building Regulations Document B
  • Scotland – Fire Technical Handbook – Domestic
  • Northern Ireland – Technical Handbook

All Building Regulations recommend:

  • Fire detection systems in residential dwelling should be provided in accordance with the relevant recommendations of BS 5839-6.
  • All alarms should be mains powered with battery back-up and interlinked to ensure audibility throughout property
  • (As outlined in BS 5839-6) smoke alarms positioned in circulation areas should be of optical type (or multi-sensor type incorporating an optical sensor).

Here at Firechief, we want you to feel safe. Our mission is to work hard every day to protect lives and property from fire by providing a range of fire safety products that can be trusted to perform when the heat is on.

That’s why as a manufacturer of fire safety products, we focus on quality, reliability and high performance. Bearing the distinctive Firechief brand, our products are UK-designed to be visibly safer and set the standard both in the UK and overseas for top quality, UK-approved fire equipment.

Firechief products carry a range of accreditations such as the BSI Kitemark, LPCB approval, MED certification, CE mark and Apragaz QA.

For more information on our safety products, click here.

To speak to our team, call: 0330 999 0019

 

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are something you pass by all the time and even if you are familiar with them and know what they look like, have you ever actually given much thought about how you use them? 

While it’s true that using one is mostly common sense, there are some basics you must understand to effectively fight fire.

Most people don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher, including many that have them in their own homes. With an average fire doubling in size every 60 seconds, you don’t have time to be learning on the job.

In this article, you’ll learn the basics that apply to nearly all fire extinguishers, from the different types to how to use them. Read More

Firechief to show Innohome Stove Guard at Naidex 2019

Firechief is exhibiting at this weeks Naidex exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.

The event takes place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March and is the UK’s biggest and best disability and independent living event.

Firechief will be on stand N11003 exhibiting the Innohome Stove Guard, which stops kitchen fires before they start! As over half of house fires start in the kitchen, this award-winning and intelligent fire safety solution prevents fires by turning off the cooker’s power supply and is ideal for helping give vulnerable and disabled people the ability to live safely and independently in their own home. Read More

teaching kids

Teaching Your Kids About Fire Safety

Domestic fires pose a significant risk to children. Every year, over 400 children under the age of eleven are injured and four lose their lives in accidental fires in the home in England. Most domestic fires are caused purely by accident. But they could also be caused by mistake, as a result of our own actions including a child’s natural curiosity to fire, electrical and heat appliances at home.

It is essential to educate your children on the risks of a fire at home. It is also important to explain fire safety and how to respond to a fire emergency. Awareness and prevention are the best ways to ensure that your children are safe from accidental, house fires.

Here are some simple but effective fire safety tips to teach your kids. Read More

NEW – Firechief Document Storage Cabinet Video!

The Firechief Document Storage Cabinet is a secure and lockable cabinet which provides adequate space to store A4 ring binders containing your organisation’s important fire safety documentation.

The cabinet comes with a  powder-coated steal finish, is easy to install and is available in two colours; red or white, and users have the option of two different styles of locks to suit their requirements.

Watch the Firechief Document Storage Cabinet video

Firechief launches new Flame Retardant Spray Video

Firechief Flame Retardant Spray is a water-based fire proofing product that will treat any water-absorbent material including natural and synthetic fabrics and is ideal for upholstery and fibres that can easily catch fire.


Perfect for use in theatres, schools and exhibitions, Firechief flame retardant spray inhibits the spread of flames. It is easy to apply and is fast acting, allowing materials to become flame retardant in just seconds.  The effective spray can achieve standards of BS476: parts 6 and 7 for wall coverings, paper and card, as well as BS5867 part 2 for A&B fabrics, and BS5852 part 2 for natural and mixed fibres.

View the Firechief Flame Retardant Spray video

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

A Guide to Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

We can only be successful in fighting fire if we’re armed with the right extinguisher.

In this article we’ll be focusing on wet chemical fire extinguishers, lesser-known but vital fire safety equipment for all types of kitchens.

What is a wet chemical extinguisher?

A wet chemical extinguisher is purposely designed to put our fires started by cooking oil, fat or grease. It’s an essential kit that every professional kitchen should have.

Uses of wet chemical extinguishers

Also known as class F extinguisher, wet chemical extinguishers are effective at putting out fires started by cooking oils, fats or grease. However, they are also capable of dealing fires categorized as class A. Which include flammable materials like paper, textiles or wood.

In addition, some wet chemical extinguishers also have the capacity douse class B fires, which include flammable liquids like diesel petrol and paint. As a result, it’s always good to know beforehand which fires a wet chemical extinguisher can deal with. Read More