7. Emergency & Exit Signs
Evacuation strategies are often practiced as a fire and safety procedure to prepare all people in said vicinity to be aware of their surroundings better during a fire hazard. While fire fighting equipment is always the first call in any emergency situation, an uncontrollable fire hazard requires you to evacuate the building instantly. This is why theatres and malls have clear descriptions and signs, indicating the exits and emergency vents. Airplanes have their own set of safety procedures that go along the same lines. Emergency and exit signs act as indications that pave a clear path to an evacuation during fire. A lot of the times, lights and clear signage reduce a lot of stress during tense situations. Emergency and exit lights are to be maintained in accordance with the AS 2293:2005 (Set) typical for Emergency escape lighting and exit signs.
8. Smoke Alarms
Detection is an important fire and safety measure, probably the most effective signal of any threat during busy hours at work or at home. Smoke detectors and smoke alarms are extremely popular and effective, used regularly as a perfect precaution, awareness and prevention of loss. Smoke alarms must be installed in all commercial and domestic buildings. Strict regulations have incited that the need for smoke alarms are due to the immense impact they have during a fire hazard in preventing excessive damage and alerting authorities instantly. Legislations for smoke alarm installations and smoke detectors vary from place to place, although, the regulations are equally applicable to all spaces. With each passing day, improvements in occupational health and safety are reassuring people of safer environments and better maintenance. The newly developed techniques and measures, the strict legal legislations and government regulations in many places have helped prevent and protect fire hazard prone environments from grave dangers. Since fire fighters are specially trained to face such challenging situations, unlike the average Joe, it is always best to leave the tough work to them. However, prevention and precaution are a shared responsibility. Our natural survival instinct should make us more aware of our surroundings and better adapted to face each moment while minimizing risks. This is where fire prevention, protection and fire safety equipment have taken a huge part of our burden in facing challenging fire hazards. Ensure that you are always aware of your actions and share a responsibility of the mishaps that could occur at any time in minimizing fire hazard damages to you, the person next to you or the place. Safety first.