Fire kills many people each year, whether its bushfires or general house fires, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk of fire hazards within your home. Here are some safety tips to follow to help prevent fire hazard risks.
Fire Hazard Tips For Home Safety
Tip #1 – Heater Space: One of the first things that need to be addressed for your home is creating a safe barrier around your heating units. Heaters cause a lot of heat output and normally won’t built up to high levels if there is adequate space around your heater. When there is clothing and other items placed right next to the heater this can cause the heat to build up against these objects which can then result in fire. This is why it is important to move all items away from your heater to reduce fire risks.
Tip #2 – Smokers: Smoking inside is common for many people although it is important to not smoke in bed or when you are falling asleep during the day or night. Leaving cigarettes carelessly around your home can lead to a fire occurring causing death or serious injury.
Tip #3 – Cooking: When cooking to reduce the risk of a fire occurring it is best to move all combustibles away from your cooking area. It is also wise to wear tight fitted clothing instead of long sleeves which may hang and catch alight especially when using gas stoves with open flames. You can also turn all handles in on your pots to reduce overhang. If you find when cooking your grease catches fire then simply place a lid over it to help smother the flames. After this, make sure you turn off the burner.
Tip #4 – Halogen Lights: When positioning lighting such as lamps around your home it is also best to keep a space around them and make sure they aren’t near drapes or very low ceiling areas. Halogen lights can heat up after long use and may cause a fire hazard especially when left on while you’re away for long periods of time. Always turn your lights and lamps of when leaving for a long period of time to prevent a fire from starting.
So to help protect your family from the risk of fire hazards why not take these simple tips into consideration to make sure you and they are safe all year round.
Arch flashes are dangerous and can cause serious injury when exposed to them. When working in environments that pose a risk with arch flashes it is vitally important to wear protective gear at all times to help reduce the risk of serious burns or even death. Gear such as the OEL Arc Flash Protection Coveralls 0-20 cal/cm² provide many benefits when it comes to protecting your body from these serious flashes.
The Benefits Of Wearing Arch Flash Coveralls For Protection
Benefit #1 – Comfort: When working it is important that you are comfortable in what you are wearing otherwise it can cause your work day to feel very draining. These coveralls provide an Indura Ultra Soft arch flash resistant material which delivers not only optimal safety but comfort at all times. The included brass two way zipper, snap wrists, elastic waist band, and oversized cut provides an easy fit to any body size for added convenience for all workers.
Benefit #2 – High Protection Rating: These arch flash coveralls are rated 2 cal/cm² to 20 cal/cm². The cal/cm2 rating is a rating that is designed to measure the heat of energy by the conversion of amps, volts, clearing time and distance. Because of its well ranged rating, these coveralls are perfect for handling a range of arc flash applications providing optimal safety for the worker at all times.
Benefit #3 – Long Term Use: These arch flash coveralls are also perfect for providing long term wearing in many industries which may be exposed to the dangers of arch flash. Because of their tough construction, they are perfect for washing and wearing each day providing continued and reliable safety at all times.
So if you work in an industry that may be prone to arch flash and you want to keep yourself safe at all times, why not take a look at these arch flash coveralls and make sure you make it home to your family every night.
Filed under: Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Fire Protection, Home Safety
Why do cable clips matter? I don’t know about you but have you ever touched a power cord and found out that it was just that little bit too hot? Well with Chameleon, they give you a convenient method of identifying which power cords become hot and which ones are not with their ingenious Chameleon Clips Electrical Fire Safety Clips. Chameleon has worked on providing you with some of the best products available and have your family in mind with these innovative cable clips.
Fire Warning Is Just A View Away!
One of the best things that really stand out about these cable management clips is that they are designed to visually warn you when your cords become hot during use. These clips attach simply around the cord and are designed to easily change color from green to orange when the cord is approaching a dangerous temperature level of 110°F.
They are great for installing on portable heaters, heavy appliances, generators, as well as higher risk and higher drain devices to tell you when overheating may be occurring. The best part about these innovative cable clips is that they can help protect your children by showing you and them that the cord is hot.
Made with quality assurance and from the USA, they are from a trusted and home grown company which gives more back to their community and the world. They are available in 1 of 3 designs are can easily be placed onto different sized power cords easily.
Keep Your Family and Home Safe With Cable Clips.
Not only do they help to reduce the risk of fire, they can also be put in place with your other fire detection supplies allowing for optimal protection within your home or business.
They are great for residential and commercial environments and can simply be wrapped around the power cord with ease to allow for a quick and easy installation.
So before you burn yourself again on a power cord or have a hazardous fire risk in your home, why not install these great cable management clips into your home and see the difference in how you can protect your home and family.
Looking for an interconnected smoke and carbon monoxide detector that is feature packed yet economical to install? BRK has one that will knock out its rivals. The ‘voice with location’ feature means this is an alarm that provides necessary hazard warnings to the visually impaired and the blind.
BRK Electronics claim to be the professional standard for residential safety, a lofty claim. Looking at their track record over the last 50 years I’m tempted to agree with them.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
What’s it good at?
Interconnected – connect up to 12 devices that means bells, horns, strobe lights and more smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Voice Alert – the audio alarm has 11 per-programmed locations. That’s right – this alarm will tell you where the alert is taking place e.g. garage, kitchen or bedroom. The alarm has been configured so that the hard of hearing, the elderly and small children will have little trouble hearing this alarm when it sounds.
1 button test – nothing complicated here. Test your alarm with only the push of a button. The only button located on the device. They couldn’t have made it simpler.
8 Hour Hush, for low battery chirp – This for me, is the most important feature on BRK’s First Alert Combination Monoxide and Smoke Detector. It might seem small, but after experiencing a low battery chirp start to go off early on a Sunday night before work, on my previous alarm that didn’t have a hush feature. You can appreciate how much this means to me.
End of Life Alert – Most states require residences to update their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm systems every decade. This unit takes care of that remembering when, for you.
Complimentary Dust Cover Included – BRK makes products for professionals. They understand that new construction sites often have dust and debris flying around which can hinder the operation of a smoke detector. The included dust cover will prolong the life of your unit while you are renovating or completing your construction.
Easy battery backup activation and replacement – a pull tab let’s you activate the battery backup – on your time. That means you can install these on a new construction projects upon completion, and the battery shelf life only starts waning once activated.
Easy replacement – Twist off old unit and twist on the new unit onto the original base.
Locking pin – prevents the unauthorized removal of the battery making this unit perfect for dorm rooms and rental apartments.
What’s not to like? This is a product that connects to all bells and whistles for home safety.
Written by guest blogger Leanne Naidoo
When you ask people what they’d save in a fire, the answers are usually pretty obvious: kids, spouses, pets, photo albums, jewelry boxes – maybe even a laptop, if there were time and room enough to tuck it under your arm. Our instinct is to save the things dearest to us, or items we rely heavily on. It’s no too hard to name what you’d rescue in a house fire, but what if your business were to burn?
Among all of the critical business tools that you could lose in a fire, have you ever thought of the data and electrical cables that keep you powered and connected to the outside world? When large groupings of cable (like what you’d find filling a cable tray) ignite, they’re not only destroyed – they also pose a large flame-spread threat to the rest of your office or facility. Keep cables from catching fire or sustaining heat damage, and you’ll not only reduce your losses, you’ll spare yourself extra downtime, as well.
So now comes the big question: how do you prevent cables from igniting in the first place? The answer: SpecSeal® Flame Retardant Cable Spray from STI. This latex-based, asbestos- and halogen-free product is sprayed onto cables to create a thin, fire-resistant coating that prevents heat damage to cables, and lessens their chances of propagating flame spread.
SpecSeal® Cable Spray is specifically designed for cables that are/will be grouped together, and has been formulated in such a way that it won’t re-emulsify after initial drying (so once it’s dry, it stays dry, and won’t become tacky or sticky in the presence of humidity). It also maintains a decent degree of flexibility once it’s dry, so it isn’t difficult to remove or reconfigure cables post-application.
SpecSeal® Cable Spray contains no solvents, so there’s nothing in it that will break down cable jackets and insulation. It also contains a high proportion of solids, so it covers better than any other comparable product on the market. Just spray on an even coat with an airless sprayer, and take comfort in knowing that one of the most vital behind-the-scenes players in your business – your cabling system – is far better equipped to take the heat.
I’ve heard of (and been victim to) the notorious Pinch to Grow an Inch, but a pinch to stop a fire? No, I haven’t lost it – I’ve actually just come across some very interesting firestop products for use with plastic pipes: Z240 pipe collars from Abesco.
If you’re wondering what firestopping could possibly have to do with pipes, let me explain. Any point at which conduit, cables, pipes or ducts penetrate a wall, ceiling or floor is considered a weak spot from the fire safety standpoint – any type of hole or void in a structure constitutes a place through which flame and smoke can spread during a fire. The further flame and smoke spread, the more damage is done. That’s why code requires cable, conduit, pipe and duct penetrations to be sealed with intumescent material, which expands and hardens around the penetrant to seal out fire and fumes.
This is mostly done with duct wraps, fire caulks, and pipe collars. Standard pipe collars are made for use with metallic pipes, and focus on blocking flame spread through the gaps around the pipe. But what happens when your pipes are PVC or another type of plastic, and , unlike most metal pipes, run the risk of melting and deforming in the presence of intense heat and flame? In situations like this, your intumescent firestop needs to take things a few steps further.
That’s where the unique design and function of Abesco’s Z240 pipe collars come into play: designed specifically for use with plastic pipes, these intumescent collars expand to fill in not only the gap around the outside of pipes, but to actually pinch closed softening/melted pipes as well. This pinching action serves to fill in the structural hole left when the pipe gives way to the heat, and also to prevent flame from sneaking along and/or through the compromised pipe. It just clamps down, and that’s pretty much the end of things, at least from that end of the pipe.
I know I always write about specific products, but today I’m going to put the spotlight on an issue, instead: Carbon Monoxide Safety. As the weather gets chillier and we start to think about lighting cozy fires and nudging up the temps on our thermostats, it’s time to take the yearly measures to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
This starts with having one or more carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Lots of people have them these days, but there are still surprisingly many gamblers out there who still haven’t made the investment. No sure if you have one? Check your smoke alarms – many of them are now combo units, with carbon monoxide detection built in. But if you discover you’ve been going without, carbon monoxide detectors aren’t expensive, and they’re versatile and easy to come by. You can get fancy with a CO detector that networks with the other alarms in your home, or you can get a simple plug-in unit that plugs right into any power outlet, no hardwiring required. Whichever way you go, just make sure that you have at least one, and the detectors are located near potential CO sources (gas stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, gas-powered dryers, water heaters and attached garages) and your home’s bedrooms/sleeping areas.
Next comes the big test: does your carbon monoxide detector actually work? We recommend testing the alarm monthly, but that isn’t always an indicator of how well the actual detection equipment is working. Manufacturers generally specify how long a unit is good for – don’t hang onto a CO detector that has passed its prime, and if in doubt, stay on the safe side and buy a replacement. And even if you know that your carbon monoxide detectors are still within their recommended life spans, be sure to replace the batteries yearly, or more often if you hear the telltale chirp. We suggest changing the batteries on the same day that you set your clocks back – that way, you’ll be well-powered throughout Fall and Winter, which are crucial times for CO detection.
And last but definitely not least, have your fireplace cleaned and the flue/chimney checked for any signs of cracks, which can allow carbon monoxide that would otherwise be vented safely outside to seep back into your home on its way up the chimney. In addition, have a pro check your furnace and duct work for signs of soot, corrosion, and cracks or holes, any of which can signal a potential CO problem. And when you let your car warm up before leaving for work, make sure that it’s in open air, and not closed in the garage – carbon monoxide from the car’s exhaust can quickly build to dangerous levels, and possibly travel into attached living spaces.
Wow, so many warnings, so little blog space! For the full rundown, check out these Carbon Monoxide FAQs, and have a warm, cozy, and safe season!
Wow- it feels like lately, I can’t stop talking about fire protection products or Mike Holmes. Up to now, the two subjects have remained separate, but today, they’re colliding in this very blog post. Last week, I was watching yet another episode of Holmes on Homes during yet another treadmill workout, and one of Mike’s contractor pals took the trouble to wrap the backs of new electrical boxes with these flexible sheets of intumescent material, the kind that expands and hardens when exposed to fire, so that smoke and flame can’t spread too far from where they originate. Pretty neat stuff, considering that electrical wiring is a prime source of heat, sparks, and other nasty fire-starting things. Suffice it to say I was impressed at the contractor’s overall safety-mindedness and attention to detail.
Anyway, lo and behold, a few days later, I found out that we actually just started selling a product that’s very similar to the one used on the show. It’s called the Power Shield electrical box insert, and it’s perfect for maximizing the safety of outlet boxes, switches, and other electrical assemblies in fire-rated walls. And best of all, it’s super easy to use: just peel off the backing, and smooth the adhesive side of it against the rear wall of your electrical box. Once in place, it won’t cause any damage to your wiring (it’s non-conductive), and when exposed to fire, will have the ability to expand to up to 24 times its original size to contain flames and smoke.
“Put a cork in it!” We’ve all been on the receiving end of that one before (or maybe it’s just me?), and it’s pretty much universally recognized that that gem has everything to do with shutting the heck up. But I’m quite tickled to announce that it can now also be applied to firestopping, a field that, up until recently, has been depressingly lacking in vintage, funny-sounding commands. Not anymore.
Firestopping, if you’re not familiar with it, is the practice of blocking structural gaps (like the spaces where ductwork, pipe, and conduit pass through walls, floors and ceilings) with different intumescent materials (caulk, putty, spray foam, fire pillows and the like). Once the squishy stuff is worked into place, and sometimes left to cure, it’s able to expand to many times its original size when exposed to fire and dangerously high heat. This expansion fills all the gaps, and prevents flame and smoke from squeezing itself along pipes and ductwork and sneaking into other rooms or floors. In a nutshell, firestopping can be a major life- and building-saver.
But recall how I just referred to intumescent firestop materials as “the squishy stuff.” It’s often messy, and usually needs to be squeezed out of tubes, sprayed out of cans, or even troweled around. But STI Firestop was nice enough to come up with a clean one-piece flame-blocking product that won’t leave you having to hose yourself off post-application. You basically just put a cork in it, and call it a day.
The “cork” is actually STI’s intumescent firestop plug. It’s made out of polyurethane foam, which is neat and clean to the touch, but still able to swell to 10 times its normal size in the presence of fire. To install, you just squeeze it to fit into the end of a conduit run, push it into place, and then walk away. It’s even reusable, if it hasn’t intumesced – if you decide to use it somewhere else, just pull it out, and relocate it to wherever you need it. I don’t know about you, but with these late-breaking developments, I’ll gladly put a cork in it any day.
Filed under: Electrical, Fire Protection, Workplace Safety
I usually try to kick off my blog posts with an at least somewhat comical life observation, personal experience or childhood memory, but today I’m going to put all things quirky aside, and instead blog in all seriousness. Today, we’re talking about arc flash, an area in which I’m very grateful to have to no firsthand experience. In case you’re not too familiar with arc flash, it’s basically an industrial-strength electrical short that causes voltage from one conductor to spontaneously “arc” through the air to another exposed conductor. This arcing action can result in an extreme electrical explosion called an arc blast, which has the power to gravely injure, or even kill, anyone who happens to be nearby.
The explosion can generate a pressure wave that packs thousands of pounds per square inch, as well as temperatures up to 35,000°F. Force and temperatures of this magnitude can mean broken bones, collapsed lungs, ruptured eardrums, concussions, extensive third degree burns, and even damaged eyesight – and that’s if you’re lucky and it doesn’t just kill you on the spot. Arc blast can easily become personal tragedy, and there are electrical workers who face the risk of it every day.
Thanks to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and OSHA, electrical workers are now required to wear a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and flame retardant (FR) clothing to decrease their risk of injury should an arc blast occur in an area in which they’re working. Standard items of arc flash clothing include FR shirts, pants, and coveralls, arc flash hoods, face shields, safety goggle, ear protection, insulating rubber and leather gloves, and dielectric footwear made of rubber and/or leather. But while most arc flash PPE is intended to be worn, there’s one protective measure that you don’t actually put on: the arc protection blanket.
Arc protection blankets are generally made of heavy-duty canvas, and are intended to create a barrier between the arc explosion and the worker. Depending on the room or vault that the work is taking place in, arc protection blankets can either be suspended in various ways, or hung up against a wall. They’re particularly good for work in underground vaults, where they can be arranged like a makeshift funnel, to direct blast energy up and out of the chamber. Arc blast blankets not only have the ability to direct blast flow, but are also able to absorb impact and contain flames to a certain degree. And while they may not be completely foolproof (nothing is, when it comes to arc flash), when used in conjunction with regular arc flash PPE, they can leave you a lot better off than you’d be if you hadn’t used one.