...preparing a solid escape plan and conducting fire drills can ensure the safety of every member of a household so it’s crucial that families take these procedures seriously.
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Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
The intense heat wave paired with strong dry winds that Australia is currently experiencing puts many residents at risk of losing their homes to wild bushfires. Locals are consistently monitoring weather conditions (with temperatures in Sydney ranging from 37 to 42.3 degrees in the second week of January alone) and their surroundings, and have readied their belongings for a quick evacuation should fires travel too close to their properties. Because of these threatening conditions, Sydney’s leading electrical services company Everest Electrical demonstrates the great significance of a fire evacuation plan and reinforces fire safety tips for the home.
When there’s a fire, there is little time to make a move after a house’s smoke alarm sounds off, putting residents in serious danger in mere minutes. According to Andrew Jefferys, representative of Everest Electrical, preparing a solid escape plan and conducting fire drills can ensure the safety of every member of a household so it’s crucial that families take these procedures seriously.
The standard evacuation plan issued by fire safety experts and supported by Everest Electrical involves the following steps:
- Determine escape routes throughout the home. Identify the main escapes and pick out secondary routes in case the primary ones are blocked by fire or are structurally compromised. The key is to have two or more escape routes out of every room.
- Familiarise everybody with the sound of the smoke alarm. Tip: upon the completion of the smoke alarm installation, gather all the members of the household and let them listen to the unique sound of the alarm so they can easily distinguish it in an emergency situation.
- Choose a safe meeting place outside the home; this will make it easier for the family to know who has already made it out and who still needs help.
- Dial the emergency number 000.
Everest Electrical also advises homeowners to conduct electrical safety inspections so they would know if they have fire hazards in their home that may be putting them at great risk. This inspection will also serve as a valuable preventive measure especially during these extreme weather conditions where the slightest trigger can blow up into a colossally dangerous and destructive situation.
The company also reinforces the importance of working [pool and outdoor lighting in cases of imminent danger for not only will it make evacuation so much easier, but it will also provide people a clearer perspective of the situation outdoors.
Bottom line is, nothing beats being thoroughly prepared especially during emergency situations. For more advice and tips regarding home electrical safety and services, visit http://www.everestelectrical.com.au.