How To Protect Your Home From Fire?
January 8, 2018: An incident of fire was reported at Bengaluru's Kailash Bar and Restaurant in Kalasipalyam area. The incident killed five employees of the restaurant sleeping in the premises. The cause of the fire is reported to be an electrical short-circuit.
December 29, 2017: A fire at a pub in Mumbai's Kamala Mills killed 14 people, including 11 women. The fire broke out shortly after midnight and the victims died of asphyxation. The restaurant was located at the hotel terrace on the third floor of the commercial complex and had no well-traced emergency exit.
October 19, 2017: A blaze at Ghazipur landfill in east Delhi erupted on October 19 and 20 and was extinguished after hours of fire-fighting operations. Earlier, two people died as a portion of the 45 m-high garbage dump in east Delhi's Ghazipur collapsed on September 1 because of heavy rain.
October 24, 2017: A massive fire broke out in the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) office, gutting property worth Rs 20 lakh. The incident reportedly occurred due to a short circuit. It is suspected that the air conditioner was left running, resulting in the wires heating up and catching fire.
On the same day, a major fire broke out in central Delhi's Kamla Market that gutted numerous shops and godowns and damaged goods worth lakhs of rupees.
In another incident, a minor fire broke out on the 13th floor of the 16-storey La Mer building in Bandra. The building was once home to Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
A major fire also broke out at a hosiery factory on the old Samrala road in Ludhiana, gutting the three-storeyed building.
October 26, 2017: A massive fire broke out in the Behrampada-Garibnagar slum area near the eastern side of the suburban Bandra railway station. The fire broke out at around 4.20 pm when municipal officials were carrying out an anti-encroachment drive outside the busy station.
October 27, 2017: A fire broke out on the third floor of a five-storey building at Hare Street of Kolkata in the early hours today. The main cause of the fire was an electrical short circuit.
October 29, 2017: About 400 two-wheelers were gutted in a fire that engulfed three shops housing used vehicles kept for sale in Indore. The blaze started in one of these shops, located in Agrasen Chouraha area, and quickly spread to the other two adjacent outlets.
These are some of the fire-related incidents that took place in the past couple of days. On an average, 54 people die every day in fire-related accidents in India, data show. According to a report by IndiaSpend, accidental fires caused six per cent of all unnatural deaths in India. These numbers force you to look closely how well protected your own is against fire. Your home, after all, runs on all things electrical.
What could you do to make your home a safer place?
Turn it off
When you leave home, make sure the Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB) is turned off. In case you think it is necessary that certain equipment must run, do ensure that other devices that run on electricity are turned off. The geyser, iron, toaster, microwave, stove, heater, blower, absolutely nothing can be left running while there is no one at home to attend to these articles. You have to be extra careful when it comes to your kitchen. According to the IndiaSpend report, exploding cooking gas cylinders accounted for nearly one-sixth of all deaths from accidental fires between 2010 and 2014. Make sure these are turned off as soon as the cooking is done.
Get the wires checked
Electrical malfunctioning is one of the prime causes behind fire accidents. After all, they are working almost all day so that your day-to-day life runs easy. Naturally, they need replacement from time to time. A damaged wire or a wobbly plug can cause you a great deal of trouble even without resulting into a fire break out. Keep a keen watch on all the electrical cords, fuses and plugs so that you are never late for the needed replacements.
Insert smoke alarms
It would be a good idea to equip your home with fire and smoke alarms. Even if there are any unpleasant occurrences in a specific part of your home, these alarms will help you keep the damage to the minimum.
Take it personally
You may be a smoker or you may be in love with the ideal of lighting up your place with candles. You may also be of a religious bent of mind and like to regularly light a diya in your place of worship. In all such matters, the fire element is involved. Make sure there are no embers left when you put that just-finished cigarette in the ash tray. Adult supervision is also necessary while candles or diyas are lit in the house.
Sensitise the children
You have to be extra careful if you have children in the house. While it may be a good idea to inculcate habits in your children that would make them sensitive to the issue, do double check that all electronic equipment are turned off when they leave their rooms. By and by, your children will themselves be duly sensitive about home safety.