Tuesday, December 10, 2019

#DelhiFireTragedy: Home Safety

1. Keep a working fire extinguisher in the home. 
2. Install and maintain smoke alarms. Change batteries twice a year.
3. Install and maintain sprinkler systems.
4. Have an emergency exit plan for the household. Practice fire drills.
5. Set water heater to low or medium (90 to 120ºF).
6. Use Anti-scald devices to test water temperature from the faucet.
7. Secure flammable liquids in the original containers in a location away from the home.
8. Store household cleaners out of reach of children. Keep in original containers with labels.
9. Read and follow instructions for storage of flammable liquids, household products, and solvent-soaked rags.
10. Keep sparks, lit cigarettes, and open flames away from combustible and flammable materials.
11. Cover electrical outlets with childproof covers.
12. Discard damaged electrical cords.
13. Maintain electrical sockets and replace bare wires with appropriate devices.
14. Use protective screens and safety guards around fireplaces, ovens, space heaters, and radiators.
15. Do not leave cooking pots unattended.
16. Remove combustible debris from around the home.
17. Never place torch lamps (candles or hurricane lamps) near curtains, bedding, or flammable materials.
18. Never pour flammable liquids over hot coals.
19. Never place bed, crib, or flammable furniture near radiators.
20. Do not place electrical appliances near water (baths).

(Source: UpToDate)

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)
Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Past National President IMA

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