Fire avoid­ance tips

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Hugh Pet­ter of ADAM Ar­chi­tec­ture sug­gests:

In­stall light­ning con­duc­tors, es­pe­cially if the house is ex­posed

❍ Get the wiring checked reg­u­larly. If re­plac­ing ca­bles, con­sider putting them in metal trunk­ing to pro­tect them from ro­dents

❍ Watch out for in­can­des­cent light­bulbs. They can get very hot and ma­te­rial shades can catch fire, par­tic­u­larly if too bright a bulb is used or if the shade is old and dam­aged. Light­bulbs can also ig­nite cur­tains if too close

❍ Be care­ful when ap­ply­ing oil to a floor. Rags soaked in some oils can com­bust spon­ta­neously if left scrunched up

❍ Fires can be con­tained for longer if there are fire breaks in­stalled to com­part­men­talise the build­ing. This will need spe­cial­ist ad­vice from an ar­chi­tect, build­ing sur­veyor or fire en­gi­neer

❍ In­stall and main­tain a proper fire-de­tec­tion sys­tem to en­sure that all oc­cu­pants get early warn­ing of a prob­lem. Spe­cial­ist firms can help

❍ Some peo­ple think they are be­ing very clever when they get build­ing-reg­u­la­tion ap­proval for work and then re­move fire doors and self-clos­ing de­vices to give them the interior space they want. How­ever, if there is a fire, they may find they’re not prop­erly in­sured. Be can­did about what you want at the de­sign stage and it may be pos­si­ble to find a way around the prob­lem that re­mains safe

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