Minimize the Risk of Life Through Fire Safety

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( via—March 28, 2013)  New York, NY–  The biggest problem with fires is that many of them can be dealt with via preventive maintenance and taking certain fire prevention precautions.  Large fires generally begin as small embers or little fires.  There are circumstances where an explosion or sudden blasts can occur due to gas leaks or highly pressurized situations, but the lion’s share of fires start small. 

Whether it be an office or home environment, there are risk prevention habits that should be followed.  Smoking is certainly a major hazard and should be done with proper receptacles and ash trays that are emptied properly and not into a trash can without ensuring that there are no embers remaining.  Most buildings and offices nowadays do not allow smoking on the premises inside their buildings.  Designated smoking areas are provided in a place that is established with proper disposal apparatus for cigarettes. 

Little attention is paid to dust and lint which is highly combustible.  Therefore a regular cleaning routine is absolutely necessary in order to avoid this from happening.  A clothes dryer should be cleaned and the lint receptacle should always be emptied and disposed of properly. 

Winter months in Northern climates also builds up static electricity indoors which can easily provide the combustible initiation for any fire to start.  Such static electricity is also exacerbated through excess dust.   Extreme dryness of materials and paper products are a hotbed for fueling any fire.  Storage rooms where much of these supplies are kept should be inspected regularly for cleanliness and removal of any incendiary devices that are nearby.  Any such tanks or gases that can explode and are dangerous, need to be stored in a separate facility that is impervious to an explosion causing other areas a risk to danger. 

The presence of ample fire extinguishers in a home or office is mandatory.  Knowing where they are and how they should be used are imperative initiatives and training that all who reside there should share.  The annual inspection date should always be current and comply with the fire codes of the building and city where they are.  A comprehensive fire prevention review and workshop is always an excellent idea. 

For more fire prevention and safety tips to follow, contact Manhattan Fire & Safety          242 W 30th St # 701    New York, NY 10001-0792   (212) 563-7500

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