House Fire – This is exactly why we continually push for the importance of Fire Safety in our Homes.
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Now Senior Coroner, Dr Robert Hunter is calling for ‘Sprinkler Systems’ to be fitted in new homes as it was established that the fire victim’s life could have been saved if a sprinkler system were installed.
Personally, as a fire safety consultant with 16 years experience in the industry, I agree to a point. Sprinkler Systems would prevent a vast number of deaths and injuries in a house fire, however it would depend on the type of fire.
This was a chip pan fire and as we all know, or should know, water on a chip pan will make the fire worse. NEVER EVER put water on a chip pan fire!! Use a Fire Blanket or a Wet Chemical (Yellow Band) Fire Extinguisher to put it out.
However, that being said a Sprinkler System would have been an extremely beneficial tool for the rest of the house. Obviously the chip pan only started the fire which would have spread quickly through the house resulting in his death. Sprinklers would have dampened down the rest of the house preventing the fire from spreading through the wetness of other materials.
But then we have another problem with water on electrics. This could potentially cause further risks and injuries including electrocution. We all know Water and Electrics DON’T mix!! So the sprinklers would have to be aimed away from certain points.
Considering it would only cost around £2,000 to fit a domestic system it seems a small price to pay to save lives. It is always too late to look back on hindsight but it is never too late to start planning for the future.
Dr Robert Hunter is writing to the Secretary of State to petition fire safety in our homes and we at Fire Safety Managers back him all the way.
‘We will be writing to Dr Hunter offering our support as a fire safety company that promotes community fire prevention. We hope that something can be done very soon to start focusing on saving lives before they need saving and not just waiting for the Fire Service to go in and carry them out.’
It is a legal requirement for all businesses to have fire safety measures in place and it should be for the home too and we will continue to promote fire safety in the home until something is done about it!
Have a look at our Fire Safety at Home Advice on our website by clicking here to give you tips and advice on individual risks for your homes safety.