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5 Common Fire Safety Myths Debunked

3rd Jan 2024

Fire Extinguishers

Fire safety is paramount no matter what your surroundings. However, you don’t want to fall into the trap of believing what you hear on the grapevine. When it comes to fire you can never be too careful.

Myth: Sprinklers are activated by smoke.

Fact: Automatic fire sprinklers are activated by heat, not smoke. Each sprinkler head is equipped with a heat-sensitive element that activates when the surrounding temperature reaches a certain level. This helps to suppress the fire at its source and prevent it from spreading.

Myth: A small fire extinguisher can put out any fire.

Fact: Fire extinguishers are designed for specific types of fires, and using the wrong type of extinguisher can be ineffective or even dangerous. There are different classes of fire extinguishers (A, B, C, D, and F) that are suitable for different types of fires, such as those involving wood and paper (Class A), flammable liquids (Class B), flammable gasses (Class C), metals (Class D), and cooking oils and fats (Class F). It's essential to use the appropriate fire extinguisher for the type of fire you are dealing with.

Myth: Fire doors should always be kept open for easy access.

Fact: Fire doors are designed to contain the spread of fire and smoke. Keeping them open, using wedges, or disabling their closing mechanisms can compromise their effectiveness during a fire. Fire doors should be kept closed to maintain their intended function.

Myth: Smoke alarms only need new batteries once a year.

Fact: Smoke alarms should have their batteries checked regularly, and the batteries should be replaced as needed. It's recommended to test smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year. However, if a low-battery warning beeps, replace the battery immediately.

Myth: Once a fire is out, you can go back into the building.

Fact: Even if a fire appears to be out, it can reignite or release toxic gases. Always wait for firefighters to declare the area safe before re-entering a building after a fire.

Understanding these fire safety myths and their corresponding facts is crucial for promoting safety and preventing fire-related accidents. It's essential to stay informed and follow established fire safety guidelines to protect yourself and others.

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