Fire Safety Myths - Fact vs Fiction

5th March 2019

When it comes to fire safety, it's vital to separate fact from fiction. We know that there are many myths around and whilst most of them are harmless, there are some which could be dangerous if taken seriously.

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In this blog, we’ll be dispelling some of the most common fire safety myths and provide you with the facts.

1. Once fitted, you don’t have to maintain your fire alarm or smoke detectors

Many people think that once a fire alarm system is fitted the job of keeping your home protected against fire is complete.

However, this isn’t the case and without proper maintenance fire alarms and smoke detectors can become useless. It’s important that they are regularly tested to ensure they are in good working order.

  1. 2. Newer buildings are safer than older buildings

Whilst a new home may feel safer than an old home, the age of a property is actually a poor way to predict which may be more prone to fire. Most fires result from human actions rather than the characteristics of the home.

So regardless of age, serious fires can occur in any property.

  1. 3. You can control and put out a small fire yourself

Even if you think you can tackle a small fire in your building, don’t try and put it out yourself! Most damaging fires start with a small accident so make sure you follow all fire safety precautions that are in place in your building.

  1. 4. Fire Extinguishers will last until they are used

Even if not used, fire extinguishers will become less effective over time. Whilst it depends on the type of extinguisher, most manufacturers recommend replacing them every 5 to 15 years.

Fire extinguishers should also be regularly checked for:

    • Signs of leaking or corrosion to the extinguishers body
    • Damage to the hose or handle.
    • Signs of change to the pressure gauge

If the locking pin is missing from the extinguisher, it should be replaced immediately. Monthly checks should be carried out by nominated staff and annual servicing by a certified/qualified fire extinguisher engineer.

Vulcan Fire Training offer a range of public and in-house training fire safety courses that are designed to provide you and your company with all the knowledge you need. Take a look at our upcoming course calendar here.