Fire Cabinets - Placement and Safety Tips and Advice

Fire Cabinets

In statistics recorded from 2011 to 2012, it has been estimated that around 23% of all accidental fires take place in non-residential properties, which fires taking place in residential properties pegging at around 52%. This, in turn, being out of 72,000 fires that have been confirmed to be accidental in nature. While you’re about as likely to be involved in a car-accident as you are in a fire, the risks are of course there, and a fire can be immensely destructive in terms of property damage and potential loss of life. To that end, ensuring your fire cabinets are and other fire-prevention resources are in good position and condition is critical.

So what should you do with your fire cabinets?

The most crucial thing is ensure that are in a position that is easy to access, and also placed in an area close to rooms or sections most likely to suffer from an outbreak of fire. Near kitchens, for example, or by electrical boxes, anywhere where it’s likely something could combust and start a fire. Of course having fire cabinets on their own is not enough; you must also make sure that the cabinets in question possess the appropriate fire extinguishers. For example, you should not have a fire extinguisher that uses water as its extinguishing agent if it’s intended to be used to deal with electrical fires. As you’ve probably learned in primary school, water and electricity are not a healthy mix. Instead, use a gas based extinguisher instead.

Likewise your fire cabinets should also be used in conjunction with other fire-detection apparatus, such as fire alarms and sprinklers. Doing so will ensure that you know when and where a fire is taking place, allowing you to more actively deal with it when a crisis arrives.

Make sure that everyone in the household knows where fire cabinets are positioned as well. Ideally, in a business, this should form part of your staff’s training and orientation procedure. They should also be in an area that is easily accessible, the most common place being fixed to a wall in a corridor or a large room, such as a lobby or cafeteria. Always make sure that the cabinet is unobstructed; there should be no tables, chairs or decoration placed before it.

For further information about fire cabinets, or to purchase one yourself, please visit the website of Kingsley Plastics LTD, or else phone them directly by calling 01837 83154.

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